Poll also discovers riding home helps switch off from working day among other benefits

The benefits of cycle commuting are numerous – arriving at the workplace refreshed and alert, and improved fitness and health among them – and now a better sex life can be added to the list, according to a new survey.

Released ahead of Cycle to Work Day today the survey says almost 4 in 10 people who commute by bike, 39 per cent, say that their sex life has improved as a result due to the additional energy it gives them in bed.

The survey of 2,500 cycle commuters also found that almost all, 89 per cent, said that riding their bike home helped them switch off from the working day and put them in a good mood before arriving there, with around two thirds, 66 per cent saying that their relationships had improved.

Cycle commuting also resulted in four in five workers, 82 per cent, feeling less stressed, while around half said they could now cope with a heavier workload.

One in three said that riding inspired creative thinking, enabling them to come up with good ideas, while 15 per cent believed that they were getting ahead in their careers more quickly than workmates who do not cycle.

A spokesman for the Cycle to Work campaign said: “Last year's event saw a Herculean effort from the 20,000 commuters who hit the streets and cycled over a quarter of a million miles on Cycle to Work Day.

“This year we want to double the number of budding commuters saddling up and achieve (at least) half a million miles pledged!”

You can find more information about Cycle to Work Day, which is organised by Cyclescheme, as well as making your own pledge, here.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.