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Ride it out

The spring is a perfect time to get back on your bike and enjoy all the benefits that cycling has to offer. The warmer weather, brighter and longer days make cycling a pleasure whether you're on your bike for leisure or using it for the commute to work.

We're encouraging residents to sign up to 'Ride it Out' the latest scheme from Love to Ride which encourages cyclists old and new to get back on two wheels. Each week there will be a new way to appreciate a bike ride, incentives for logging your miles and everyone is encouraged to join in. Whether you want to ride every single day or just dip your toes - there's a place for you in Ride it Out.

Week 1 is Ride Healthy - a chance for you to get back in the saddle and enjoy the all the health benefits of riding a bike. You'll sleep better, live longer and smile wider - it's scientifically proven! Even just a 10 minute bike ride will get your heart pumping more blood to your brain which can help improve problem solving, imagine what riding for longer will do.

Week 2 is Ride Relaxed - shift down a gear and enjoy the ride. It's easy to concentrate on how far or how fast but bike rides should be about quality not quantity. Taking the time to ride at your own pace, take in your surroundings and just enjoy it. You'll also lower your stress and anxiety levels and feel more optimistic.

Week 3 is Ride Green - a chance to swap a regular journey for a bike ride. Not only is this great for the planet, you'll be freeing up space, on the road and public transport, for key workers. Whether it's grabbing groceries, switching the school run or converting your commute.

Week 4 is Ride Free - this week is all about adventure because staying home doesn't have to mean being stuck. The adventure can be big or small like heading to a new place, riding at night, going off-road, cycling with a friend...there are so many possibilities.

Councillor John McElroy, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport said: "After the long dark winter months, spring comes as a breath of fresh air for cyclists with warmer weather and lighter brighter days making cycling a pleasure.  Whether you're new to cycling or use your bike regularly as part of your weekly routine you can't beat the freedom that being on a bike brings and the difference regular cycling can make to your health.  

"Schemes like Ride it Out from Love to Ride are a great way to join in with other cyclists to log your miles and get tips from cycling experts. There's incentives on offer too such as t-shirts, holiday vouchers and even a brand new bike so there are even more reasons to enjoy the outdoors by bike."

When you register with Love to Ride you can set goals, track distance, earn badges, share photos and stories and encourage others to ride. There's also a range of information on everything from bike maintenance to planning a route. Registering takes just 30 seconds and is free.

Register for Ride it Out

 

Ride it out
24 February 2021

The spring is a perfect time to get back on your bike and enjoy all the benefits that cycling has to offer. The warmer weather, brighter and longer days make cycling a pleasure whether you're on your bike for leisure or using it for the commute to work.

We're encouraging residents to sign up to 'Ride it Out' the latest scheme from Love to Ride which encourages cyclists old and new to get back on two wheels. Each week there will be a new way to appreciate a bike ride, incentives for logging your miles and everyone is encouraged to join in. Whether you want to ride every single day or just dip your toes - there's a place for you in Ride it Out.

Week 1 is Ride Healthy - a chance for you to get back in the saddle and enjoy the all the health benefits of riding a bike. You'll sleep better, live longer and smile wider - it's scientifically proven! Even just a 10 minute bike ride will get your heart pumping more blood to your brain which can help improve problem solving, imagine what riding for longer will do.

Week 2 is Ride Relaxed - shift down a gear and enjoy the ride. It's easy to concentrate on how far or how fast but bike rides should be about quality not quantity. Taking the time to ride at your own pace, take in your surroundings and just enjoy it. You'll also lower your stress and anxiety levels and feel more optimistic.

Week 3 is Ride Green - a chance to swap a regular journey for a bike ride. Not only is this great for the planet, you'll be freeing up space, on the road and public transport, for key workers. Whether it's grabbing groceries, switching the school run or converting your commute.

Week 4 is Ride Free - this week is all about adventure because staying home doesn't have to mean being stuck. The adventure can be big or small like heading to a new place, riding at night, going off-road, cycling with a friend...there are so many possibilities.

Councillor John McElroy, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport said: "After the long dark winter months, spring comes as a breath of fresh air for cyclists with warmer weather and lighter brighter days making cycling a pleasure.  Whether you're new to cycling or use your bike regularly as part of your weekly routine you can't beat the freedom that being on a bike brings and the difference regular cycling can make to your health.  

"Schemes like Ride it Out from Love to Ride are a great way to join in with other cyclists to log your miles and get tips from cycling experts. There's incentives on offer too such as t-shirts, holiday vouchers and even a brand new bike so there are even more reasons to enjoy the outdoors by bike."

When you register with Love to Ride you can set goals, track distance, earn badges, share photos and stories and encourage others to ride. There's also a range of information on everything from bike maintenance to planning a route. Registering takes just 30 seconds and is free.

Register for Ride it Out

 

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