Ordinarily I cycle to work. Last Friday though the forecast was looking pretty bad so I wimped out and got the bus. I figured I was in no great rush and could spend the hour on the bus catching up on some reading. The journey is around about 12km long, and as the advertised journey time is 40 minutes an hour was safely conservative. By the time I finally made it home, 2 hours had passed. Suffice to say, not a nice experience and one I'll be repeating anytime soon.
So the latest in a sadly busy line of well duh research concludes that cycling (and indeed walking) to work leads to a less stressful individual. The research was conducted by Lund University in Sweden.
They declared "Generally car and public transport users suffered more everyday stress, poorer sleep quality, exhaustion and, on a seven point scale, felt that they struggled with their health compared to the active commuters."
Apparently if you travel by public transport your stress levels increase in line with your journey time. If you drive however, your stress levels are highest for journeys under an hour, which kinda suggests most stress is caused by inner city congestion.
So despite having to encounter the joys of Old Kent road each day on my ride to/from work, this is without doubt a case of better the devil you know. What is nice to see of course is the ever increasing number of two wheeled brethren on my daily commute. Even as the weather is getting worse the number of cyclists on the road is pretty impressive. Long may it continue.