Travelling by bike is cheap – you don’t have to buy a ticket to jump on a bike, and it won’t need to be topped up with petrol. It’s also reliable – no more waiting for buses that don’t show up – and fast, with dedicated cycle lanes often letting you skip the traffic. It helps keep you fit and, with zero carbon emissions, it’s good for the environment too.
Planning your route
Cycling on busy roads can be dangerous, so it’s safer and more pleasant to make use of routes that aren’t full of other traffic. Off-road, cyclists can ride on bridleways but public footpaths are off-limits.
The National Cycle Network, coordinated by the sustainable transport charity Sustrans, covers over 12,000 miles of traffic-free paths, quiet lanes and traffic-calmed roads. A map of the whole network can be downloaded from the Sustrans website and the site also has an interactive mapping facility that lets you find dedicated