Cycling Benefits

 

Money.


 

We believe that our most significant incentive to get more people commuting by bicycle is by rewarding riders for their efforts. In addition to our compensation, transportation represents 15.5% of household budgets; the second largest household expenditure next only to food. Not owning a car or not owning a second car can save you between $5,000 and $16,000 per year.In 2005, Melburnians commuted an average of 4 hours and 22 minutes per week. If the average commuter was paid at the same rate as their employed compensation, they would receive an additional $109 per week. We are currently prototyping our concept; once rider pay is determined, it will be posted. Be sure to find out first by registering your interest.

 

 

Advocacy.

 

Spoke Media is committed to enhancing Melbourne’s bicycle infrastructure. In cooperation with Bicycle Victoria and the Cycling Promotion Fund, the data collected by commuters will be used to lobby all levels of government for further commitments to Melbourne’s cycling infrastructure. One kilometer of bike lanes can support 12,000 people per hour while one kilometer of road can support only 4,000 people while being many times the cost.

 

 

Safety.

 

Drivers become more aware of cyclists over time with greater frequency as well as increased visibility when riding in larger numbers. The more riders on the road, the safer it will become. Furthermore, Spoke Media’s commitment to providing bicycle advocacy groups with new and powerful rider data aims to increase government bicycle infrastructure investment.

 

 

Environment.

 

Cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles are a major cause of pollution in Australia. Motor vehicle travel accounts for more than 75 percent of carbon monoxide emissions, the majority of oxides of nitrogen emissions, significant organic compound emissions and 70 percent of environmental noise pollution. On the other hand, riding a bicycle is noise and emission free.

 

 

Health.

 

Regularly riding a bicycle helps to manage and prevent arthritis, obesity and coronary disease. At the same time, cycling has a very low impact on your joints. Riding can also strengthen bones, reduce stress, improve posture and improve muscle strength and flexibility. Motor vehicle based emissions exposure negatively impacts the heart, lungs and can cause cancer. People that commute by car and bus have greater exposure than those who walk or ride a bicycle.

 

 

Predictable Commutes.

 

There is strong correlation between the length of a person’s commute and their psychological, physiological and emotion state. Commuting times that are not predictable, particularly due to traffic congestion, intensifies irritability stress, fatigue and can result in poor work performance and job satisfaction. By comparison to driving and transit, bicycle routes offer efficient passageways while being far less prone to delays.

 

 

Community.

 

Riding promotes social inclusion by improving accessibility in an affordable manner. A great variety of employment, education, goods, services and social opportunities are within reach to cyclists, especially when combined with public transit. Riding also reduces the likelihood of social isolation by enabling riders to meet people while out and about.