why cycle

Cycling is one of the cheapest and quickest ways of getting around Glasgow and more and more people are getting on their two wheels! Here are six reasons why you should cycle:

  1. Work is closer than you think
    Approximately 47% of the working population live just five miles or less from their place of work. At a leisurely pace, that’s only 30 minutes of pedalling from your front door. 
  2. Cycling is safer than gardening
    Cycling in Britain is relatively safe.  One cyclist is killed on Britain’s roads for every 27 million miles travelled by cycle – that’s the equivalent to cycling around the world over 1,000 times [1]! Statistically, you are more likely to be injured in an hour of gardening than in an hour of cycling.
  3. It’s good for your health
    Cycling is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine.
  4. Less stress
    People who cycle to work are less likely to be frustrated by their commute than those travelling by car or public transport.  Cycling home is also a great way to de-stress at the end of a busy day.
  5. Saves you money
    Bikes cost very little to run, because they’re fuelled by tea and toast!
  6. It’s fun!

If you'd like to get back on your bike and ride to GCU, but are unsure of what the best route for you is, our cycling buddies are at hand to help: just email your starting point to sustainability@gcu.ac.uk and we'll link you up with one of our many cycling buddies.


[1] Department for Transport - Road accidents and safety statistics (2013) - Table RAS30001 - accessed 31 August 2015

[2] Powell, K. E.; Heath, G.Ws; Kresnow, M.; Sacks, J.J.; Branche, C.M. (1998) Injury rates from walking, gardening, weightlifting, outdoor bicycling, and aerobics. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., Vol. 30, No. 8, pp. 1246-1249