There has never been a better time to start cycling; the Tees Valley has over 700km of dedicated cycle routes than ever before. With paths along major roads, in town centres and off-road leisure parks, there are cycle opportunities for work, leisure and pleasure.
Cycling saves money
Cycling is one of the cheapest ways to get around. Compared to driving, the cost of a bike and general maintenance is minimal. By cycling short distances instead of driving or taking the bus, you will not only save money on transport costs, you can also save money on your gym membership.
Stay fit and healthy and look good
Cycling is a fantastic way to improve your health and get fit. Research shows that regular cycle trips help to lower stress levels, build physical strength, control weight and reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Did you know that regular adult cyclists have fitness levels equivalent to people ten years younger and greater life expectancy? Exercising every day also makes sleeping easier which brings a whole range of health benefits too.
It's good for the planet
Cycling doesn’t produce any air or noise pollution, making it one of the greenest forms of transport. By replacing short motorised journeys with your bike, you are helping to create a greener, cleaner environment for the local community.
Go at your own pace
When you’re cycling, you are in control of where you go and how fast you get there. Cycling gives you a sense of freedom and independence that you don’t get with many other forms of transport so you can sit back and relax at a leisurely pace or travel as fast as your legs can carry you.
Research has shown that cycling to work or school can increase levels of alertness and concentration compared to driving. The fresh air and exercise also helps to release endorphins which boost your energy levels.
Get to know your home town
Cycling is a great way to explore your local area. By getting out and about, you create more opportunities to meet your neighbours and build community ties.
Fun and freedom
The thrill of learning to ride a bike is something that only happens once, but the thrill of the adventure and travelling under your own steam never goes away. Cycling is something that you can do alone, as a family or in larger groups so why not give it a go? Whether it’s a five minute ride to the shops or a five mile circuit through the countryside, there is a cycling option for everyone.