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WHY AND HOW MORE CYCLING CAN BENEFIT US ALL

Cycle Basingstoke campaigns for cycling because we believe that more cycling will benefit everybody, not just those who cycle.  Thanks to fellow campaigners we have put together a reference sheets of benefits of cycling with either web addresses and/or clicking on the underlined links.   This is useful information for campaigners, developers and decision makers (councillors and their employees) 

 

GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH 

- 10 great reasons to cycle  from the British Heart Foundation  Remember ordinary transport cyclists ride at 12 mph, riding four miles only takes 20 minutes.

https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/activity/cycling/

 

10 great reasons to walk from better health.  Remember that commuters who live two miles from work can walk there and back in just an hour a day.

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/walking-for-good-health

 

European report - the benefits of cycling, lots of graphics and easy-to-read stats https://ecf.com/sites/ecf.com/files/TheBenefitsOfCycling2018.pdf 

 

Physical effects are much documented; mental health ones less so:

https://www.urbandesignmentalhealth.com/how-urban-design-can-impact-mental-health.html 

 

Obesity: 28.7% adults in England obese. Further 35.6%  overweight but not obese. 9.5% children age 4-5 obese & further 12.8% overweight. At 10-11, 20.1% obese & 14.2% overweight.

https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn03336/


Diabetes: Number of people living with diabetes doubles in 20 years to 4.6m.
https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/diabetes-prevalence-statistics

 

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/walking-for-good-health

 

MORE CYCLING DECREASES RISK OF COVID-19 INFECTION

“People who have been living in places that are more polluted over time ... are more likely to die from the coronavirus”

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200427-how-air-pollution-exacerbates-covid-19

 

Why air pollution is linked to a faster spread of coronavirus

https://airqualitynews.com/2020/04/09/why-air-pollution-is-linked-to-a-faster-spread-of-coronavirus/

 

GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY

 

according to

Transport for London ,http://content.tfl.gov.uk/walking-cycling-economic-benefits-summary-pack.pdf  good infographics and quick to understand statistics

Department for Transport,

Cycling UK

Janette Sadik-Khan on New York

research article in Science Direct journal

European report - the benefits of cycling, lots of graphics and easy-to-read stats https://ecf.com/sites/ecf.com/files/TheBenefitsOfCycling2018.pdf 

 

VANISHING TRAFFIC AND CONGESTION

Preferential Filtering of roads can reduce motor traffic and congestion and make cycle journeys shorter, quicker and safer  than car travel as seen on this: 

 

video in Holland or in Waltham Forest in London which cut traffic by half:

https://www.eltis.org/discover/news/london-mini-holland-pilot-scheme-cuts-traffic-half-uk

 

But where does the traffic go when there are street closure, including High Street closures

https://www.eltis.org/discover/news/london-mini-holland-pilot-scheme-cuts-traffic-half-uk

 

LEGAL CHANGES TO PROMOTE MORE CYCLING

 

Changing the law to help cyclists

https://www.cyclinguk.org/campaign/road-justice

 

Liability laws fact and fiction

https://departmentfortransport.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/the-liability-myth/

 

A comparison of a 2020 Range Rover and a 1966 Fiat 500. One of the reasons that anti-pollution measure haven’t worked is because today’s cars are far larger

 

HOW TO CREATE MORE CYCLING IN NEW DEVELOPMENTS

 

What can developers do to make estates cycle friendly?

They can incorporate filtering, 20mph and segregated cycleways on key routes from the start.  

https://www.makingspaceforcycling.org/

 

see also our page on who we are and what we ask for and the list of approved official guidelines.

 

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