1.You'll save a load of money
The average cycle commuter saves a whopping £285 per month. Think of all of the gorgeous bike accessories you could buy with that. Save up over a couple of months and you could even head abroad on a cycling holiday!
2. Improve your skills
Your commute offers a great way to improve certain skills on the bike. You can even use your commute for some interval training. Believe us, you'll start to notice the differences on your weekly club ride!
3. It'll help keep stress at bay
Cycling to work reduces stress levels considerably. Riding your bike to and from work gives you the chance to get some fresh air and gives you the space to think clearly about your day ahead or leave behind the stress of the day. By the time you return home from work the endorphins from the exercise will have you in flying form, making you a much more pleasant person to be around!
4. You'll keep fit AND save time!
It is an excellent use of time. If like many women you are trying to juggle a million different things at once, it is understandable that exercise often gets relegated to the bottom of the list. Cycling to work will ensure you get exercise every day and is often quicker than taking public transport so you may actually end up saving time!
5. You'll always be one step ahead
There is no doubt that you will be wide awake by the time you reach the office. Your cheeks will have a rosy glow and you will be ready for action, unlike your colleagues who'll be slumped by the coffee machine in an attempt to face the day ahead!
Those who cycle to work are even said to take less sick days than their colleagues, a point that can be raised with your boss when you are negotiating your next pay rise.
6. Save the planet
Global warming is a serious problem. And there is no better way to save the planet than to actively reduce your personal C02 emissions.
7. Fair-weather commuter? No problem!
Don't be put off by the thought of commuting in the rain. It is perfectly acceptable to be a fair-weather commuter: the majority of cyclists ride in to work 3 times a week. Although if you do decide to brave it in any weather, fear not, there are some really incredible winter warmers and waterproof options out there which will ensure a more comfortable ride.
8. Cycling does not mean you have to sacrifice style
Cycling a bike and style go hand in hand. If you don't believe us then check out the style sections of Total Women's Cycling. We have covered everything to the most stylish commuter shoes, helmets and pannier bags on the market to make-up options and helmet friendly hairstyles. You'll be hot to trot as soon as you hop off the bike.
So now there really is no excuse not to get out on the bike. And what better way to start than with Cycle to Work Day. Last year’s event saw 20,000 people taking part and this year looks set to be ever bigger and better than ever. So round up your colleagues and get back in the saddle, there’s never been a better time! Check out the website to see how you can get involved and for a full list of activities.
Looking for the right place to buy your bike?
The Cycle Show 2014 offers a new Dare2b outdoor test track offering commuters the chance to find their perfect urban steed.