are more people cycling?

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are more people cycling?

Postby jawaka » 18 Jun 2008, 8:21pm

just thinking that i feel there are more people cycling here in leeds. i'm just wondereing whether this is really so and if so is it the price of petrol?

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Postby stoobs » 19 Jun 2008, 8:22am

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Postby glueman » 19 Jun 2008, 8:57am

There do appear to be more cyclists. A few years ago on a six mile journey into town I might have seen 2, maybe 3 bikes. Now you'd reckon on about 10 with twice that in the rush hour. Still a tiny percentage of the cars but better, much better.

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Postby james01 » 19 Jun 2008, 9:26am

Yes , there are certainly more. A lot are fair weather cyclists who'll soon be back in their cars, come winter. But it's a start.

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Postby Dee Jay » 19 Jun 2008, 11:57am

I think it's a number of things, not least the price of petrol. I think people are realising that they needn't pay gym membership and then pay for fuel to drive to the gym, if they'd cycle in the first instance.

If I look at the reasons why we bought bikes - 4 from Halford's in the January sale - they are as follows:

A committment to a greener life - it always bothered me that I used the car so much - still too much, but going in the right direction - as I am an ardent recyler/composter/charity shopper/leftovers queen.

Financial - price of fuel - nuff said.

Free sporting activity which we can do as a family which we all enjoy. We all do sport of some kind, but we wanted to do something together, otherwise we are always all off in different directions, especially at the weekend. The rides we do with the Junior Cycling Club often involve a lunch stop which means that we get to eat a meal together too. (The simple activity of eating together seems to get more and more difficult as the children get older.)

Setting a good example to our children in having an active life. I really don't want them to think that there's not more to life than video games and DVD's. Of course, there's also a place for pottering and chillin' ...

Health/fitness - we are all quite fit and healthy, but my husband works a stressful job and although he didn't suffer with massively high BP, this came down by about 7 points after only 2 rides!

Socialising - we had just moved to the village and through the Cycling Club we met about 40 people!

It's also worth mentioning that we bought our bikes in January, and I remember our Club leader being pleasantly surprised when we turned up the following week having been drenched the week before! And, by and large, it's got better most weeks.

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Postby Graham » 20 Jun 2008, 9:09am

In my area, E. Hants & W. Sussex, the number of people out on bikes appears to be growing significantly.
At last the penny has dropped (?) : the beautiful country lanes around this area are available for health, pleasure, wellbeing and functional journeys.
. . . . and it has only taken 50 years for that to be rediscovered :wink: