Get on your bike - Barclays





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Published on Apr 8, 2013

Presenter Christine Bleakley talks about the benefits of cycling from health and freedom through to environment and cost.

This video is part of the Barclays series Cycling and the City, encouraging more people, particularly women, to take up cycling.


Hello, I'm Christine Bleakley, lots of people ride bikes for different reasons and with more people picking up a bike in London, here are the top five reasons why you should be out there too.

Number one, riding a bike has many health benefits. It can of course help with your fitness, it gives you strength, it helps with your balance and flexibility, of course helps with endurance and stamina and it's a brilliant way to burn off some of those calories.

Everyone can ride a bike, it doesn't matter how old you are or what your level of fitness is.

Number two, stress releaser. Regardless of whether you're riding for pleasure or for a specific purpose, you are guaranteed to arrive at your destination feeling energised.

Number three, it's better for the environment and the community. There's no pollution, there's no oil or gas consumed. In fact, the amount of energy and materials that go into manufacturing one car could create 100 bikes.

Number four, it's cheap and cheerful. Running a car costs money; petrol, tax, insurance, parking. Add all of that together and it's very easy to calculate just how much you can save by riding your bike.

And not forgetting one of the most important things, riding a bike gives you freedom. Forget about traffic jams, forget about parking spaces and say hello to going where you want, when you want.

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