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Cycle commuters do it better — 4 in 10 say their sex lives have improved, survey finds

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.


Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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