Cycling continues to increase in popularity, with the Department of Transport reporting a 45.7% increase in cycle traffic in 2020 compared to the previous year. The nation’s new-found enthusiasm for cycling has been helped in no small part by the inspiring track success of Team GB at the last four Olympic Games, the UK opening stage of the Tour de France in 2014 and the fact more and more of us are trying to live healthier lives these days. The government is keen to encourage the use of bikes as much as possible, seeing them as an affordable and easy way for the general public to get  fit. To that end, they’re working in conjunction with councils up and down the land to introduce bike-friendly environments in our towns and cities and encourage more of us to get on our bikes, as well as vastly expanding the country’s cycle lane network. Bicycles are going to play a big part in our healthier future, that’s for sure, but what about those times when a bike just won’t cut the mustard?

Let’s face it - for a considerable part of the year, the weather’s not exactly great in dear old Blighty. It can sometimes seem like it rains almost solidly between October and March (with the occasional break for a blizzard every now and again). Unless you’re a hardcore member of the lycra-clad cycling master race, being out on a bike in a howling gale when it’s dark at half four in the afternoon and you can no longer feel your face isn’t a very attractive prospect, which is why most of us will be packing our bikes away around about now and we won’t be bringing them out again until the gods of the British weather see fit to shine their benevolent light upon us once more, which is usually for about two weeks in June.

So, with the bicycle put in the shed for the foreseeable future, what can you do if you don’t fancy walking everywhere or throwing your hard-earned cash at the country’s notoriously expensive public transport system for the next few months? You could buy, rent or lease a car, of course, but that’s an expense many of us are trying to avoid at the moment. Thankfully, a better solution is available - a car subscription from Wagonex.

Trading up to a subscription car as the nights close in is a great alternative to cycling in the winter, and you can sign up for as many months as you need with no sneaky little balloon payments or final amounts to pay. We offer a comprehensive range of cars from a network of trusted dealers across the country to suit all drivers and budgets, from nippy little city cars such as the Volkswagen ID3 and Fiat 500l to highly-desirable SUVs such as the Subaru Forester and the mighty Land Rover Discovery Sport. And if you’re worried - as many of us increasingly are -  about the environmental impact of switching from your bike to a car for the next few months, we’ve got you and the planet covered with a great range of electric vehicles that are a joy to drive and won’t leave Mother Nature coughing and spluttering like she’s just caught a very nasty case of the flu. EVs are the future, but there’s no getting around the fact they’re not cheap and that puts a lot of people off, even if they’re desperate to do their bit for the environment. A car subscription means you can get behind the wheel of one of our EVs for as little as £450 per calendar month (inc. VAT) - that’s good for your bank balance and good for the planet.

So why should you choose a subscription over buying or leasing? Well, for one monthly payment, you’ll get the car of your choice delivered to your door and everything is covered in one monthly payment. We can even arrange insurance for you. All you need to do is fill up (or charge up) and away you go. There are no hidden costs and you can chop and change the car you drive from month to month, meaning you can switch from a snazzy little Fiat 500L to a luxurious BMW iX3 whenever the fancy takes you and you’ll never pay any hidden charges. It’s as easy as that.

A car subscription gives cyclists the freedom to get out of the cold and rain during the winter months, and once the weather gets better and cycling again becomes a pleasure to be enjoyed rather than a punishment to be endured, you can simply cancel your subscription, dust off the cobwebs on your trusty old bike and get back on the road with the sun in your face and the wind in your hair. And don’t forget, even when you’re back in the saddle, you can still take advantage of a car subscription throughout the year for those times when more than two wheels is required, combining a car and a bike to make the ideal dual travel solution for you and your family.

More and more of us are falling in love with cycling, but there’s no getting around the fact that there are times when being out on a bike in the unpredictable weather is about as attractive a prospect as mending a puncture in a hurricane. For the times when using a bicycle is neither practical nor desirable, a car subscription is the ideal solution. With none of the expense of buying a car outright or the inconvenience of being locked into a long term lease, you can simply pay as you go, driving as and when necessary and hopping back on your bike whenever the fancy takes you. If you want to beat those winter blues and travel in comfort free from the vagaries of the Great British weather, you should get on - or indeed off! - your bike today and check out the advantages of a car subscription from Wagonex.

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