advertisement
Updated 27 June 2013

King of the road

The bicycle is the king of the short-distance commute energy-wise - yet each year after the Argus those 35 000 bikes seem to vaporise off our streets.

0

The bicycle is the most energy-efficient mode of transport and undisputed king of the short-distance commute, yet each year after the Argus those 35 000 bikes seem to vaporise off our streets.

Incorporating cycling into urban transport makes a major dent in air pollution and carbon emissions.

Start small and do a little planning beforehand:

  • Spin down to the corner cafe or video rental once in a while, instead of getting the gas-guzzling hulk out.
  • Drive part of the way to work then switch to two wheels. Find out if there are bike-and-ride options in your area.
  • Do a practice cycle on the weekend to see how long it takes to get to work that way (you may be pleasantly surprised).
  • Take a fresh change of clothes (or keep them at work) to change into.
  • Alternatively, if your trip is short and not too strenuous, have a shower just before you cycle in and then freshen up with a washcloth.
  • Formally request that your workplace, local mall, bus or train station have secure lock-ups where you can leave your bike.

Visit our Fitness Centre


 
advertisement

Get a quote

advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Live healthier

Stay out of trouble »

Asthma danger zones 13 danger zones Teen dangers

21 dangerous things people do

Here are 21 things people do without thinking. But they are dangerous, and could kill you or the people around you.

Sexual health »

STIs: how to stay safe Apps for gay and bi men tied to STI risk Penis bumps

The STI most men get without knowing it

Most guys haven't ever heard of the human papillomavirus, yet many will get it at some stage in their lives without even knowing it.