cycling to work

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Where there's a wheel, there's a way - planning a cycle route to work

Cycling to work is growing in popularity in the UK. You'll save time, money and stress when you free yourself from the daily grind of parking penalties and petrol prices. But how can you find a suitable route?
A woman riding to work looking at the view

When you first start, you may want to use the most direct route as you’ll be worried about arriving with enough time to catch your breath before settling down to a hard day’s graft. But in time, you’ll realise that one of the major benefits of pedalling in is that your commuting time is nearly always predictable – and you will never be late because of ‘leaves on the line’ or a broken down vehicle on the motorway.

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Cycling to Work Resource (2003)

In 2003, the Department for Transport funded the production of an informative, online resource on cycling to work. It was based on the findings of CTC's Benchmarking programme, which identified a number of local authority initiatives that were setting the 'benchmark' in this field.
Cycle commuter

The Cycling to Work resource, which is now available (largely unrevised) as a document, includes:

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The Fat Cycle Rider tells how he lost 8st 4lb by riding to work

Toby Field only took up cycling two years ago but is now riding ten miles to work and back each day - and is now a whole lot healthier and a lean cycle rider into the bargain.
Blogger Toby Field also known as The Fat Cycle Rider

At 31 years old and almost 21 stone, Toby Field decided drastic action was necessary to save his life.  After Toby's dad died of an obesity-related heart attack at the age of 55, he didn't want to suffer the same fate so bought a bike through his company's cycle to work scheme.

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How to look stylish when cycling to work

It's all very well having the day-glo gear and helmet, but you're not Mark Cavendish - so how do you look 'normal' whilst cycling to work?
a male and female cycle commuting in normal clothing

There are nearly as many styles of 'cycle clothing' as there are commuting cyclists - for some it's the full-on Lycra lout look embraced by Tour de France riders, while for others fashion comes before functionality. Whatever 'look' you choose, it doesn't mean you need to arrive at the workplace looking less than elegant.

Follow CTC's top tips for cycle chic:

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Cycle trains - a good way to encourage people to commute by bike

Cyclists in Stirlingshire, Scotland have formed a bike train from Dunblane station to Stirling University as a way of encouraging more people to use sustainable transport and reduce the number of car journeys.
Commuting cyclists in a group

CTC has long campaigned on the 'Safety in Numbers' effect which says that cycling gets safer, the more people do it.

Now campaigners in Sterlingshire have taken this literally with the formation of a bike train to encourage commuters to use the bike and train combination, rather than taking the car to work.

This BBC report explains the whys and wherefores of it. Maybe this is an idea that could spread to other towns and cities across the UK?

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