This post is directed at those thinking of starting commuting by bike. We have known for a long time that people who exercise are fitter and healthier than those who do not. But does exercise in the form of active travel actually improve your health? If you start commuting by active travel does your health improve? We now have some impressive evidence from two large scale surveys. Both studies looked at body mass index (BMI, kg/m2), a measure of how fat you are and a good index of general health and fitness. Both show an average fall of 0.3 in BMI, about 1kg in body weight, after switching from car transport to cycling or walking to work. One study looked at different duration journeys and found that those doing over 30 min lost an average 6kg (14 lb – a stone) weight. A detailed report with 2 charts is available here (active-travel-to-work)
Active travel to work really is good for your health and well-being
February 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
February 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
February 29 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
March 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
March 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Did you know Southwark Cyclists leads east-paced bike rides every Saturday morning?
This week we start at Peckham Square at 10am and ride to Quaggy River, Lewisham.
Rides are about 2 hours long. More info here: https://southwarkcyclists.org.uk/events/peckham-healthy-ride-to-the-quaggy-river-lewisham/
Support this LTN in Dulwich & make Cycleway 17 a safer route.
These plans will enable active travel in the area, especially on the congested school run, reducing air pollution.
These are the types of interventions needed during this #ClimateEmergency.
Southwark Council is consulting on pedestrian and cycling improvements near Tate Modern on Sumner Street.
Respond to the consultation here: https://consultations.southwark.gov.uk/environment-leisure/sbr1/
Stay tuned for our analysis on the scheme.
TfL is proposing much needed pedestrian safety improvements to Peckham High Street.
Read about our response and take a few minutes to fill out the consultation: https://southwarkcyclists.org.uk/current-consultations/a202-peckham-high-street/
Free bike maintenance tonight at 6.30pm in Camberwell.
Learn how to fix your bike from one of our expert mechanics.
Camberwell Leisure Centre SE5 8TS
Can't make it tonight? Come any 1st or 3rd Tuesday of the month.
More info here: https://southwarkcyclists.org.uk/events/free-bike-maintenance-with-hands-on-tuition-16/