Cycling UK Bike Week 8-16 June 2019

Posted by Heather Doggett on 06 June 2019

WorkFit OHA Gill Cooksey resting while cycling up the Stelvio in Italy

Bike Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling.

During Cycling UK bike week the aim is to get many more people across the UK to give cycling a try, encouraging people to get out on their bikes between Saturday 8th June and Sunday 16th June 2019.

Any outing on a bike counts – whether that’s nipping round to a friend’s house, cycling to work or school, enjoying a leisurely ride with the family or tackling a cycling challenge.

Cycling has many benefits and is enjoyed in many different ways, the important thing is to get outside and enjoy a ride!

Give #7DaysofCycling a go

There are no rules on what counts as one of your seven – from riding to work, cycling to the shops, giving your bike a spring clean or a pootle around a park with your mates – all you need to do is share a photo, video or story about your experience on Instagram or Twitter, using #7DaysofCycling.

Bike Week shines a light on everyday cycling for everyone. In 2019, Bike Week is set to add another 240,000 people to the 2.4 million who already cycle three times or more a week.

Across the UK, hundreds of great events will be taking place to help you enjoy cycling.

Bike Week events are suitable for people of all ages and levels of experience. There will be lots of different opportunities, such as family-friendly rides, bike maintenance, bike breakfasts and group rides, to name but a few.

The facts

Cycling is incredible; it helps improve so many aspects of our lives.

It can greatly improve our physical and mental health as cycling is excellent exercise.

Environmentally, it helps address problems like air quality and pollution.

Economically, investing in cycling schemes has an excellent benefit-to-cost ratio meaning it saves more money than it costs.

Summertime is a fantastic time of year to rediscover cycling and the many benefits it brings.

It helps people meet recommended physical activity guidelines, improves well-being, and reduces the risk of premature death and ill-health. It can also fit into daily routines better than many other forms of exercise, because it doubles up as transport.

You can check out the statistics of why cycling is good for you!

https://www.cyclinguk.org/statistics

You could also plan to support local charities. Not only having fun in the fresh air but also raising money for good local causes. See below for details:

Women on Wheels:

http://www.wowsuffolk.org.uk/wow-bury-st-edmunds/

The Edge Cycle Ride for St Nicholas Hospice Care: