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Gloucestershire is a great place to be a cyclist

With so many dedicated on and off road cycle routes and bike parking facilities throughout the county, Gloucestershire really is a great place to get on your bike.

2+ miles in 15 minutes

Cycling is certainly one of the cheapest ways of getting around. It’s quick and easy too. You can cover more than two miles in less than 15 minutes. That beats sitting in traffic!

Of course, cycling is a great way to help keep you fit and healthy too. Getting on your bike instead of taking the car doesn’t take much effort, but it can make a big difference, both to your health and the local environment.

Some more of the benefits of cycling

Cycling brings enormous health benefits:

  • Increased cardiovascular fitness – regular cyclists enjoy better fitness than non-cyclists 10 years their junior!
  • Increased muscle strength and flexibility combined with an improvement in joint mobility.
  • Decreased stress levels – people who cycle into work are more alert and more productive; they have fewer sick days too.
  • Improved posture, coordination and bone strength.
  • Decreased body fat levels – cycling for 20 minutes at 10mph burns 90 calories.

Two wheels+

One of the great things about cycling in Gloucestershire is that you can combine it with public transport very easily. The Cotswold Explorer ticket gives unlimited travel throughout the county on a one or three day ticket.

It’s a great way for commuters and recreational cyclists to manage longer distances without having to leave their bikes at home. You can pick up a ticket at any mainline station in the UK and at participating bus services in the Cotswolds. There’s plenty more information at Escape to the Cotswolds

Did you know?


Adults really need to get 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day. That’s easy to fit into your daily routine with a 15 minute cycle ride to and from work every day.

Car drivers are actually exposed to more air pollution than cyclists in slow moving traffic.

Cycling – Next steps

You know that cycling can save you money – so why not give the My Journey calculator a go and find out exactly how much…

Get more information from the leading charity, Sustrans and choose some local routes:

Sustrans  – UK charity enabling people to travel by bike for more of the journeys we make every day.

Sustrans route mapping for Gloucestershire

Cycling - Our Guide

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Think ride Cycling gives easy access to town centres & freedom to travel Think walk Feel the health benefits & enjoyment of regular walking Think train Free up your journey time & save on fuel and parking costs Think bus Avoid the jams & parking hassle with your direct route into town Think share Car sharing can cut your travel costs by a minimum of 50% Think electric Fully electric or hybrid cars are well suited to commuting & local trips