A NEW SURVEY REVEALS CYCLING DURING LOCKDOWN SHOWED IMPROVED HEALTH AND WELLBEING FOR 84% OF PEOPLE AND WITH SOCIALISING BEING A MAJOR DRIVER FOR GETTING ON THE SADDLE.
A recent survey commissioned by cycling festival Velio found that cycling during lockdown directly improved the health and wellbeing of 84% of people.
This follows a government survey last summer (at the peak of the Pandemic) revealing that the UK has seen more than a 200% increase in cycling during Coronavirus lockdown.
Velio surveyed 2,000 people ahead of National Bike Week (30th May – 5th June 2021) to analyse the impact lockdown had on their mental health and wellbeing and gauge whether their attitudes and behaviours had changed regarding exercise.
It is no surprise that with the loss of gyms, hot yoga classes, and Zumba, cycling received a sudden surge in popularity during Covid. The survey confirmed this, revealing 78% increased riding throughout the lockdown period, while 21% of the group took it up as a new hobby.
Interestingly, the survey also uncovers that while 95.5% of the group cited exercise as their primary motivation for increased cycling during lockdown, a staggering 75.3% claimed that socialising was the primary driver. This is how people connected safely through lockdown.
These revealing new statistics highlight how drastically the nation’s perception of cycling has changed throughout the pandemic.
Once deemed the sole territory of Strava-strapped, Lycra-clad men, cycling as a concept now presents a communal opportunity to socialise in addition to exercise in a post-lockdown era that crosses all ages and backgrounds.
In support of this, only 32% of respondents stated they took their cycling ‘seriously’, and 5.5% said they ” simply could not live without it”. The vast majority (42%) took their cycling ‘moderately seriously’, suggesting that cycling now appeals to the masses for fun over form.
As statistics confirmed, fun frolics and bikes guarantee to enhance your wellbeing, so just imagine how good this endorphin-fuelled ride will be!