With a new year on the way, you might be surprised by how many traditional New Year’s resolutions can be achieved by cycling to work in serviced offices in Manchester, by taking public transport, or even by walking if you live nearby.
Cycling is an active commute, it’s eco-friendly and it saves money – a bike doesn’t need any fuel other than the energy you put into it from your own legs.
That means cycling to work can play a huge part in New Year’s resolutions and other long-term lifestyle choices like:
- Living a less sedentary lifestyle.
- Spending less time sat in traffic.
- Cutting your carbon footprint.
- Getting healthy and more athletic.
- Using fewer fossil fuels.
But for many of us – especially if you run your own business – it’s the prospect of saving on a big daily expense that might be most appealing and the real-terms pay rise this can represent in the new year.
How much does commuting by bike save?
Our serviced offices in Manchester are perfectly placed for commuting by bike to save money, carbon or to get fit.
They’re located in Salford Quays and MediaCityUK, and you can get detailed maps of cycle routes – both off-road and on quiet traffic roads – on the Transport for Greater Manchester website.
We offer secure cycle parking on-site and washroom facilities so you can freshen up after your morning commute, whatever the weather.
But how much extra money in your pocket will you have if you commute by bike?
According to recent research by Lloyds Bank, two in five people in the north-west don’t like their commute to and from work.
The average cost is just under £60 a month. That’s £720 over the course of a year – well over enough to pay for a city break to Barcelona, according to the research.
Miles Ravenhill, director at Lloyds Bank, said: “Commuters in the UK are spending almost £800 a year on their journey to and from work – the equivalent of a city break to sunny Europe.
“While many may dream of rolling out of bed and straight into the office, the daily commute is the perfect opportunity to invest in yourself, whether that’s keeping up with the latest news, unwinding to a podcast or relaxing to some music.”
How to cancel the commute completely
If a gentle cycle commute along the canal towpath doesn’t appeal to you, why not get a virtual office in Salford Quays instead?
This gives you a landline telephone number and postal address at our serviced offices in MediaCityUK or Salford Quays, but it’s all virtual.
Any communications are forwarded over to you to handle, allowing you to work from anywhere you want – even from your bed.
That cuts out the average hour-long commute completely, along with all of the associated costs of owning a car, buying public transport tickets, or even the relatively small cost of maintaining a bicycle.
If you’d like to spend more of 2020 in bed and less time on the road, a virtual office in Manchester‘s booming business districts of Salford Quays and MediaCityUK could be exactly what you’ve been looking for.