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All Roads Lead to Happiness

Currently, 7 % of all trips in whole of Europe are made by bike on average. And the good news? There’s lots of room for improvement. There’s nothing like the saddle. Not convinced? Just take a look at the following facts:

3 x 30 minutes a week
Even if you’re not in a good mood when you get on your bike, as soon as you’ve covered the first few kilometres, your mood will suddenly improve. That’s a promise! Three x 30 minutes a week of light to moderate exercise are enough to make us happier, thanks to the release of endorphins.

44 % of all commuters by bike say
Chill out! Some 44% of all commuters who travel to work or educational centres by bike say they experience no or little stress. Only 15 to 20 % of all public transport or car users can say that. Relaxation starts with cycling to or from work.

109 euros savings a year
Two birds with one stone! Cycling not only takes a load off our wallets but off those of other people as well. 109 euros – that’s the health benefits per person, per year, for under-45 year olds who cycle regularly. And that doesn’t include savings of 258 euros that come from preventing air pollution and congestion.

50 % less risk
We love cycling! Regular exercise reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by half. Take the challenge, look after your health and be happy – the perfect combination.

1.3 days less sick
Exercise helps you stay healthy – so healthy in fact that cycling employees in Holland are sick 1.3 days a year less than people who use other forms of transport. Given a figure of 27 % for bicycle transport and costs of 280 euros per day of sickness, that’s a considerable saving for companies and, ultimately, society. Copying welcome!

So cycling is good for us, good for other people, good for the wallet, good for the environment – so many positive effects have got to make you happy. You can see that not only in the grins of cyclists’ faces but also in the scientific results. What more proof do you need?

Sources: “Radverkehr in Zahlen” (Cycling in numbers) & Oopsmark

http://www.bmvit.gv.at/service/publikationen/verkehr/fuss_radverkehr/downloads/riz201503.pdf

http://www.oopsmark.ca/blogs/oopsmark/13153421-the-science-behind-why-cycling-makes-us-happier

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doris_Zrweg
Doris is translator and interpreter of spoken language, who loves to write about her favourite topics. One of them is without a doubt cycling, in urban areas as well as apart from asphalted routes. She lives and works as self-employee in Graz and is dealing with languages, texts and the communication between cultures.

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