Why bikes make sense
Getting around the city on your bike is good for you and good for the community.
You’ll feel great…and others will too
Bike riding increases your physical activity level, burns calories and builds muscle. It’s not surprising that people who ride daily live significantly longer than those who don’t. In fact, a regular bike rider can be expected to be as fit as a person 10 years younger.
Overweight and obese Australian adults cost the Australian economy $21 billion in direct health care and direct non-health care costs, plus an additional $35.6 billion in government subsidies, according to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
Every time you ride your bike you return around 40cents to the community in health benefits.
More people riding bikes will mean less demand on our hospitals and doctors, and more money in the public purse.
It’s convenient…for everyone
Over short distances a bicycle can often be a quicker transport option than a car. And parking is a breeze.
Traffic levels are forecast to rise 23 per cent over the next 15 years.
More than half of all car trips are less than 5km – that’s a 15 minute trip on a bicycle.
In Sydney, congestion is expected to cost the community $7.5 billion each year.
Every extra bike means less car traffic, more seats on public transport and a quicker journey for everyone.
You’ll see your city with new eyes…and you’ll be making it more liveable for all
Riding a bike is a great way to get to know your neighbourhood. You see places you never knew were just a couple of blocks away. And riding a bike can be very social, if you want it to be.
We all want to live in a city that is easy to get around, friendly and has clean air.
The more people who start riding on an everyday basis, the quicker we’ll start to make Sydney the sort of city we’re happy to live in and leave for future generations.
You’ll save money…and you’ll be helping the economy at the same time
On average, it costs more than $6,000 a year to run a car in Sydney. The cost of keeping your bicycle maintained (and the occasional extra cupcake banana) is a fraction of this expense.
Every dollar you save is one more available for other purchases or savings. That’s good news for workers, businesses and the economy.
More people on bikes also means less stress on expensive infrastructure. The difference in weight can add years to roads and bridges – saving the community millions.