The healthy commute

Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and cycling to work is a great way to ensure regular exercise, especially for those with hectic schedules.

I am pleased to see from this report that the majority of participants in the Cycle to Work Scheme, including employers, recognise the benefits of keeping fit, and that many participants have noticed improvements to their health since joining.

Regular exercise can reduce the risk of dying early by 30 per cent and halve the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, over the years we have inadvertently designed physical activity out of modern life, and more than 28 per cent of adults in England do less than 30 minutes a week. International evidence demonstrates that countries in which cycling is a more common mode of transport enjoy greater participation in physical activity overall. Holland stands out in this regard.

To read our report, please click here: The healthy commute