The UK has the highest amount of congestion in Europe, largely because cars are used for many short journeys that could be done on foot or by bicycle.
Most people take the daily commute to work in the car, which in some cases is the only way, however, so many people live within walking/cycling distance of their workplace, yet still choose to drive.
It is easy enough to calculate how much money you could save by walking/cycling to work, however there are many more benefits to also consider!
Cycling/walking to work means that you don't get stuck in traffic jams, or have to queue and pay to park. It gives you a healthier lifestyle, by creating a less stressed lifestyle, and it is proven that those who regularly cycle/walk to work and enjoy a healthy diet reduce their risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. It can even help those prone to psychological problems such as depression!
Not only does cycling/walking to work help the individual, it is good for everyone else too! By not taking the car to work, you help to cut pollution and this is turn helps create a more 'human' environment. It is even good for the economy! There are many costs to society associated with car use that are often overlooked - such as, the costs of road deaths and injuries, pollution and congestion. This is something that the government is now taking seriously, and tax free bikes are available at Cycle Scheme http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/
At Magnus we have monitored the trend of customers needs, and discovered that many now want to travel to work in greener ways. As a way to meet our customers' needs, we have installed bike racks and secure bike parking at all of our properties, meaning it is that little bit easier to cycle to work. We also understand that cycling/walking can often be hard work; therefore we have started to install shower facilities in several of our properties, which have been greatly accepted by our customers.
For more information on cycling to work visit http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/sustainable/cycling/cycletoworkguidance/