This week is Bike Week. It coincides with a recent easing of government restrictions and the ask that we all ride or walk to reduce the risk of infection whilst using public transport.
Did you know that the benefits of cycling include;
- If you cycle regularly in adulthood, you will enjoy a level of fitness equivalent to someone 10 years younger
- Regular cycling can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.
- Cycling to work can mean you have a 45% lower risk of developing cancer, and a 46% lower risk of cardiovascular disease
- It can also boost your mood.
- Cycling saves you money on fuel or bus/taxi fares reducing financial stresses.
Before you dust off your bike from the shed after reading the first bullet point, Bikeability have put together a guide to keep you safer whilst cycling during the lockdown. There is other great advice available on line including;
- Ready Set Ride have some fantastic videos and tips for helping teach your kids to ride a bike.
- UK Cycling provide practical advice for beginners including maintenance and road positioning
- And the NHS offers advice on cycling for beginners.
In order to make cycling in North Halifax easier, we need your help.
- Show us Where the Problem is.
Active Calderdale and the Council’s Transport Team are working hard to put in place temporary measures to support you make more journeys by bike or on foot during the pandemic. The easiest way to cycle regularly is to use your bike as a means of everyday transport, so we need you to tell us what the issues are either stopping you, or making your journey more challenging than it needs to be.
We can’t help flatten the hills, but there are practical things that can be done. In response to the Walking and Cycling survey many of you completed recently, work is underway to make changes to local roads. To further this and make it easier for you to report the issues we are using the Safe Street for Walking and Cycling Interactive Map. Simply open the link, register (details halfway down panel on left) then follow the instructions to record your issue. We can’t guarantee we can resolve all problems but we’ll do our best.
- Support Others to Cycle – Tell us your Story
Cycling can be a bit daunting at first. Will you help share your cycle journey story with others, tell us your best beginners tips, what routes do you find easiest/quietest? Have you just started cycling – how are you finding it? Do you ride the school run or your commute to work? How have you made it work for you? Many schools are closing the road outside their gates to make it possible for more children and parent to cycle or walk with social distancing measures in place. Why not try it and tell about your journey.If you do already, or would like to commute to work, or you’re an employer who’d like to make your workplace more cycle friendly get in touch too, Active Calderdale have a Workplace Lead who advise.
Active North Halifax Engagement Co-ordinator.