I will cycle for one regular local journey each week
Transport is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland*. Given that half the journeys we make in Scotland are under 5km*, choosing to walk wheel or cycle for local journeys rather than drive, we can all drastically reduce our personal carbon footprints. Choosing to cycle helps to reduce not only greenhouse gases, but also harmful noise and air pollutants too.
More than just helping the environment, cycling regularly has a number of other benefits:
To get going you will need a few essentials
It can be a bit daunting to start cycling on the road, so start with a journey that reflects your skills and build slowly, rather than jumping straight into a long commute. You can even start in a local park until you build the confidence to cycle on the road. Cycling Scotland, Scotland’s national cycling organisation is a good place to look for all the information you need to get started. Cycling UK also offer some good tips for beginners here. Once you are up and running, it is useful to learn how to how to fix a flat tyre (it’s not as hard as you think) and some basic bike maintenance. This will help you to stick with your new cycling habit.
A simple internet search will reveal there are plenty of bike shops around Fife, offering new, second-hand and refurbished bikes, as well as repairs and servicing. There is a good, but not exhaustive list on Active Fife’s website.
The Scottish Government offers interest free loans to help with the purchase of new e-bikes.
Greener Kirkcaldy, Lang Toun Cycles and Transition University of St Andrews offer free cycle and bike maintenance training. There are also paid options available through Fife Cycle Park, Cycling Scotland and Evolution Cycle Training.
75% of us live within two miles of The National Cycle Network which has thousands of miles of dedicated cycling routes.
Cycling UK’s Journey Planner is a useful tool and allows you to toggle between fastest, quietest and most balanced routes.
Find out about reducing your travel footprint even further by switching to an electric vehicle.
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Take a look at the Scottish Government’s Net Zero Nation campaign for more ideas on how to take climate action.
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