National Bike week is in full swing (June 22nd to June 30th )and Mayo County Council is setting a challenge to motorists to park the car for just one day this week or one trip and take the bike . With the country fully focused on Climate Change the local authority has outlined 12 reasons why everyone should take on this challenge.
Leading the challenge in Mayo will be the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council cllr Brendan Mulroy who will park his car to make the journey on bike from Westport to Newport to his place of work.
- It's easier to finance a new bicycle than a new car. For the price of a single car payment, you can buy a bicycle that should outlast most cars. Add a couple hundred euro more for rain gear, lights and accessories, and you have all-weather, anytime transportation.And why not avail of the bike to work scheme to make your initial outlay easier (https://www.biketowork.ie/ )
- A bicycle has a very small manufacturing footprint when compared to a car.
- Bicycles produce no meaningful pollution when in operation. They have no exhausts belching poisonous fumes into the atmosphere.
- Bikes save taxpayers money by reducing road wear. A 7 kg bicycle is a lot less rough on the road surface than a two-ton vehicle .
- Bicycles are an effective alternative to a second car. You can save thousands of euro a year using a bicycle for workday commuting and weekend errands in households which might otherwise be forced to maintain two cars. You don't have cycle all the way to work, you can put the bike in the boot and drive some of journey and cycle the remainder.
- Using a bike for transportation can help you lose weight and improve your overall health. Depending on your riding style and local road conditions, you could easily burn 600 calories an hour through brisk cycling. Most bike commuters report losing 8 kgs to 14 kgs pounds during their first year in the saddle without changing their eating habits.
- You can store a dozen bicycles in a single car -sized parking place.
- A healthy bike culture will help ease pressure on supply when demand for fuel increases.
- Bikes are often faster than cars in urban areas. There's nothing more satisfying as a bicycle commuter than breezing past a long line of gridlocked traffic.
- Bikes cost much less to maintain and operate than cars.
- Bicycles provide mobility for those who may not qualify or can afford to drive.Almost everyone can afford some sort of bike. Other than walking, bicycles are the most cost-effective transportation on the planet.
- Studies show that bicycle commuters are healthier, more productive, and require less time off at work. Bikes are smart business.