As commuters across the UK will know, our cities are congested with cars and public transport leading to a high volume of pollution. We all know that air pollution is detrimental to our health, so today serves as the perfect reminder to make a conscious effort to work towards a greener and clean way of living.
It’s no co-incidence that National Clean Air coincides with Bike Week (10th – 18th June 2017). That’s because one of the easiest ways people can reduce their personal pollution contribution is to swap the car commute for a cycling one!
Cycling to work is packed full of benefits. It boosts health and fitness, improves wellbeing and can make you feel generally happier. Plus, cycling is the perfect way to show some love to the environment. In 2011, the Cycle to Work Alliance found the over 133,422 tonnes of CO2 are saved every year by those who cycle to work. And since the number of cycle commuters in the UK has grown since 2011, we can expect the total figure saved to be even greater today.
Get in the saddle this National Clean Air Day and help improve the air quality in the UK. Plus, share a photo of you tackling air pollution with your cycle commute and you could be in with a chance of winning one of two £100 vouchers. You have from the 15th – 25th June to take part.
Those of us who already ride to work are well aware of the benefits: it’s cheap, keeps you fit and beats sitting in traffic.
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