According to a poll from the British Heart Foundation (BHF), cycling is still very much in vogue, with doctors, dentists and those working in the banking sector most likely to hop on their bikes. More than 90% of those polled within these sectors said they spend some time pedalling each week.
Improving health and saving money
As well as the health benefits of cycling, the survey revealed the cost benefit of switching to cycling for the daily commute. Teachers – who were shown to cycle the shortest distance each week – were found to pocket the biggest savings as a result of cycling to work, with an average saving of £76.13 per month.
Cycling to work’s role in workplace health
Stewart Kellett, British Cycling’s director of recreation and partnerships, said: “It is wonderful to see that professionals are welcoming cycling as a form of exercise, but work commitments can often mean that it is not possible to cycle to work, or some people may not feel confident to get on their bike.
This survey demonstrates that while cycling is a popular activity that people across all professions clearly enjoy, perceived safety fears and a lack of proper changing facilities are putting workers off.”
Committed to workplace health
Occupational health experts Medigold Health have been advising businesses on ways to improve workplace health for many years. Its health surveillance services allow employers to support and protect workers as well as reducing costly sickness absence.
For more information about cycling to work and BHF’s bike ride options, visit www.bhf.org.uk/cycle.