As well as its passion for punting, Cambridge is well known for its love of cycling – the city is famous for it, and with the warmer weather, there’s no better way to explore all that Cambridge has to offer.
Still not convinced seeing the city by bike is right for you? Let us talk you through the many reasons to get cycling in Cambridge.
Because everyone’s at it
Seeing the very best of a destination is all about living like a local, and how you travel can define your status as a temporary Cambridge resident. According to these statistics from the Cambridge Cycling Campaign, over 50% of people in Cambridge use a bike every week.
This puts Cambridge at the top of the list of cycling towns. Cambridge even outrides York and rival city Oxford to the number one spot by a significant margin.
Cycling isn’t just popular in Cambridge. Cycling for fun and to work has been an upward trend for the past two decades throughout the UK, whilst the London 2012 Olympics renewed the nation’s enthusiasm for biking.
It’s the cheapest way to travel
When compared to other modes of public transport, such as taxis and buses, travelling by bike is the most affordable way to get around. You can hire a bicycle for as little as £5 per day, and whether you need the bike for a day, week or month, it’s an excellent money saver.
There are countless cycle hire services available throughout the city too, meaning it’s easy to grab the most competitive deal. Most Cambridge retailers also provide a range of cycle services and accessories to make your journey by bike even more comfortable.
See the best of Cambridge by bike
Bikes flow easily through the busy streets of Cambridge giving you greater access to a wide range of sights and attractions. You can also explore the riverside routes throughout the city centre and weave through its nearby country lanes with ease. Thanks to the city’s love of cycling, there is a long list of cycling routes to choose from in the city.
You’ll also discover a number of scenic routes in the wider Cambridgeshire area. The JJ Thomson Avenue to Coton, Cambridge to Waterbeach, and Cambridge to St Ives routes are some of the best most beautiful bike rides in the country.
Cycling is super healthy too
Cycling is great for your health so make your Cambridge trip a success in every respect by biking your way around the city. Here Cycling UK reveals more about the health benefits of cycling:
“Cycling is excellent exercise. It helps people meet recommended physical activity guidelines, improves their physical and mental health and their well-being while reducing the risk of premature death and ill-health.
Cycling is far more likely to benefit an individual’s health than damage it, and the more cyclists there are, the safer cycling becomes – the ‘safety in numbers’ effect.”
Cycling has been proven to unlock a number of advantages for your health and wellbeing. These include improved cardiovascular fitness, lower stress levels, enhanced weight management, boosted joint health, better muscle tone, greater strength, and improved mental health.
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