Bike Week runs from Saturday 8th to Sunday 16th June and aims to raise awareness and encourage more people to try out cycling in their local area, whether that’s commuting to work, riding to a friend’s house or taking the children to school.
The benefits of cycling
People who ride a bike to work are shown to be happier, healthier, wealthier and more productive. Getting more staff cycling to work can benefit employers too by reducing illness and sick leave – with cycle commuters taking half the sick leave of their non-cycling colleagues. Those who ride to work regularly also report improved mental health.
Supporting the local environment
Getting more people cycling also helps the local environment by reducing congestion and improving air quality. Congestion and pollution contribute to 40,000 premature deaths annually in the UK.
Pledge #7DaysofCycling for a chance to win a prize
As part of Bike Week there’s a 7-day challenge that anyone can take on, whether it’s choosing one day to try or diving headfirst into the full week, so why not spread the word to your family, friends and work colleagues?
It’s completely free to take part and everyone is invited to join in. It doesn’t matter if you ride every day or if you haven’t been on a bike in years.
Pledge to take part in the #7DaysofCycling as part of Bike Week 2019 and you’ll have a chance to win fantastic prizes.
Buying a bike
A number of different schemes exist which can help you purchase a bike, spreading the cost out over a longer period. The Evans Cycles website has a comprehensive list of schemes that are available to you.
Hiring a bike
For those who don’t want to commit to buying a bike, you can hire a bike from Bike and Go. They have many places across Merseyside where you can hire a bike, including St Helens Central station.
Pedal Power are a community group of volunteers offering fun and social bike rides for all people across the Borough. They are free to access and all equipment is provided. The rides are tailored to your needs and are a great way to get into cycling, no matter what your age or ability. For more information, visit the Pedal Power website.
Cycling Groups and Clubs
Woollybacks Mountain Bike Club – website
St Helens Cycle Racing Club – website
Exploring the region by bike
The Merseyside Cycle Maps show cycling routes for all abilities.
You’ll find both on and off road routes. There is a map for each area and together they make a comprehensive map of Merseyside.
In addition the Mersey Forest website has a useful list of cycle rides. Access it here https://www.merseyforest.org.uk/things-to-do/walks-bike-rides-and-more/