Why Recent Bike Theft Shouldn't Put Students Off Cycling
31st March 2011
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Over the next 20 to 30 years, the Government aims to increase cycling and walking, especially for short journeys, in order to reduce pollution and increase general health. ‘On average, 2kg of carbon are saved for every short journey that is made using a bike instead of a car.’ So what better way to save this waste carbon than walking or cycling to and from University? Southampton University’s Student Union’s (SUSU’s) newly appointed Environmental and Ethical Officer, Joshua Davies said that, ‘cycling is a great way to keep healthy, it reduces impact on the environment, and the endorphins it produces has even been proven to keep you happy.’ For students, this means, less stress, burning off that extra McDonalds, and contributing to a greener environment. Cycling is usually quicker than driving over short distances too, as it avoids traffic, traffic lights, and there are often short cuts. So, there is no need to get up any earlier for lectures. Another of the most attractive features of cycling for students, instead of driving is price. With the average price of petrol per litre rising to 133p, and the price of running a bicycle being far lower than that of a car, students can save up to hundreds of pounds a year. So what prevents so many students from walking or cycling to and from University?
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