Benefits of cycling

Suburbs

There are so many great reasons to strap on your helmet and try cycling.

This popular form of fitness offers a variety of benefits - to cyclists, communities and the environment, including:

  • Less traffic congestion and demand for parking: As more people use their bicycles as a means of transportation, the demand for parking decreases and fewer cars fill up our roads.
  • Improved health and well being: Cycling is an excellent form of exercise that allows people to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Cycling is also known to reduce stress and improve mental health.
  • Significant cost savings: The Canadian Auto Association (CAA) estimates that drivers pay $8,000 a year to own and operate a vehicle. On the flip side, a bicycle can cost less than $100 to buy and serves as reliable means of transportation - without the need for fuel.
  • Better air quality: Unlike other modes of transportation, cycling does not emit any harmful emissions and has minimal to no adverse effects on the environment.
  • Vibrant urban areas: Cycling puts more people on our streets and contributes to livelier urban areas, where people are more engaged with their surroundings.

Cycling also complements other modes of transportation, including walking and transit - expanding your travel options when you're out and about in our community.

 

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