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As a driver, you can make a change to the environment by cycling more often. Cycling has a positive impact on the environment as well as our health.

Drivers can help the environment by driving less and cycling more. As of March 2023, a study shows that there are over 33.27 million cars in the UK, and it’s likely we’ll see this increase if we don’t make a change.

Cycling is a great alternative mode of transport. It’s a more environmentally friendly way to travel than driving a car, hopping on a train or even cruising on public buses. However, for most of us, using a bicycle every single day just isn’t a realistic option. As a result of this, it’s important to make sure that we try to incorporate it into our lifestyle where we can.

How does driving contribute to air pollution?

There are two types of harmful gases which are produced when we drive:

  1. Carbon monoxide (CO)
  2. Nitrogen dioxide (NOx)

Both are produced when we run our engines and are even worse when we go super-fast in our cars. Motorvehicles are significant contributors to climate change, which we know all too well after the adverse weather we’ve had during the summer months.

When you drive from A to B, the fumes from your car are being exposed to the atmosphere. Naturally, the more traffic there is, the worse the pollution is.

Idle cars cause an unnecessary amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Not only is it bad for the planet, but it also wastes fuel, which means that you have to spend more money on your car.

There’s been a study by the European Cyclists’ Federation, which shows that a bicycle emits 21g CO2 per passenger, per kilometre travelled, compared to a car which emits a significant 271g CO2.

Will driving less help create a calmer place to live?

Yes, it will! We know that cars can be very noisy when they’re running, even more so when there are hundreds of them on our roads.

The noise pollution this creates can be harmful to communities, especially when people have modified their car to make it sound even louder.

With a high volume of cars, this can also lead to a significant amount of road rage, especially during busy hours. We know all too well the sound of an angry driver beeping their horn and screaming out of their window. Not only does this create more noise pollution, but it can also scare vulnerable people.

How do we keep our green community spaces?

Another point to think about is how many fewer car parks we would need if we drove less. Car parks seem to keep popping up everywhere nowadays, taking over where we live.

Bicycles don’t take up much room, so you can easily use this land more efficiently. This could be to preserve our green spaces, or for developments to aid the community, rather than the excessive number of vehicles.

By having more green spaces, we make our towns more appealing and a much more enjoyable place to live. Even more so if you’ve got children, as it gives them space to appreciate nature and be outside in the fresh air.

What has changed on our roads since the pandemic?

The good news is that we don’t need to use our cars as much as before. Since the pandemic, many workplaces have adopted hybrid working. This means that we’re using our cars less, which not only saves our pennies, but also saves the planet.

Why go back to a car for commuting? If you’re close by to the office, you should consider other modes of transport, including cycling, car sharing, or public transport.

Looking into e-bikes? The beauty of electric bikes is that whilst they give you the power from the battery, they also prevent the excessive sweating which comes normally from cycling your way in.

How can we encourage a change in society?

Increased cycling could quite easily create a domino effect in some areas, especially those where there are families with children. If you start cycling instead of driving, then you’ll also encourage others to do the same.

It’s all about making the changes and teaching children to ride their bikes so they can go out with their friends. They’ll be able to cycle to school when they are old enough, provided they know road safety.

Many schools also have cycling proficiency which is ran by Bikeability, where kids learn how to cycle safely, and these are great in helping them build up their confidence as well.

How do I stay safe on the roads?

Firstly, when cycling you need a properly fitted helmet and high visibility clothes so that you’re visible on the roads. Remember that if it’s dark outside, then you must have reflectors and a light on your bike.

Secondly, you need to check your bike before you head out. Check it over for any loose components, if there’s any rust, and if your brakes are working properly.

If you have any worries or concerns about your bike, you can take it to a professional who will be able to advise you about any problems and you’ll be back on the road in no time.

What are the personal benefits of swapping your car for a bike?

While cycling plays a big part in helping to protect our planet, it can also have huge benefits for you and your life. Even just cycling one day a week can help build up your stamina, protect your vital organs, and promote a healthier lifestyle.

Times are tough right now, especially as we come closer to winter and we could all do with cutting back on our spending a little bit, and this is where cycling comes in.

The price of fuel keeps going up and down, and it’s not going to be long before filling your car costs over £100. On the flip side, the pedal power whilst cycling doesn’t cost a penny.

How do you make the most of your environment?

Taking your bike on your UK staycation can be a great way to explore the world around you and reach places which you might not be able to access by car, bus or train. Not only is it fun, but by appreciating your environment, it might just inspire you to make a change.

We often take for granted that we’re able to go and enjoy these green spaces, but if we’re not careful then we’ll end up losing them and we’ll all be living in a concrete jungle before we know it.

Want to discover more green spaces in your area? You can find your local parks and see if there are any you haven’t explored yet!

Had a cycling accident when out and about?

Unfortunately, whilst you can be as safe as you possible, accidents can still happen. We know how scary these can be and whilst you’ll be eager to find your feet again, we’re here to help you.

At Cycle Accident we specialise in getting you the medical care you need, and the compensation which you deserve. With over 25 years of experience our friendly team can help you from the get-go, and we’ve got lots of advice to help you alongside this process.

Contact us today to speak with our dedicated specialists to get the ball rolling.

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