From my friend who runs Yoga at the Pub!
With June the 16th marking the beginning of Bike Week in the UK (http://www.bikeweek.org.uk/) it seems a great time to think about how you can get fitter and slimmer, get places faster and cheaper, reduce global warming and your weekly fuel bill all at the same time: now that it one big bargain! Here is some information that I hope will motivate you to get on your bike;
- Calories burnt through one hour of cycling; approximately 472. If you cycle with a load of shopping and take some hills you will burn more.
- If you think that you could cycle to work, then check out the Department of Transports scheme, where anyone can claim back 50% of the cost of a new bike through their employers. Cycling to work and back will help burn up any accumulated stress hormones floating around your body, leaving you less stressed and generally healthier; http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk
- You may find that there are cycle paths near your home which you were never aware of. With a little careful planning, using parks, tow-paths, bridle ways, and cycle tracks you may be able to get some of your weekly journeys completed with minimal road use. Take a look at www.sustrans.org.uk for online cycle maps and routes. I take a cycle path to work which takes me on a longer route, but gets me there at the same time because I do not have to allow for traffic getting in the way.
- If you fancy rising to a challenge, then there is a great selection of events designed to get people cycling and raise money for charity. The British Heart Foundation are organizing a number of events all over the UK in June to raise money and awareness about the beneficial link between exercise and a healthy heart, go to www.bhf.org.uk for more details.
- In my home town the local government are organizing Bristol’s biggest cycle ride on June 24th (http://www.bristol.gov.uk/ccm/content/Transport-Streets/Walking-Cycling/bristols-biggest-bike-ride.en ) and other cities and towns will have similar events, so check local council web sites for inspiration. If you haven’t already got one, then organize one yourself! Failing that, get a group of friends and family and head out along canals or through parks for cycle picnics.
- If you fancy a browse of the latest cycling kit, races, stalls, live music, DJs and more, then cycle up to Ashton Court in Bristol for the famous bike fest on the 9th-10th of June. www.bristolbikefest.com
- 90% of children own a bike, and 30% would like to cycle to school, but only 1% actually do. Why not consider getting your kids to school by bike? http://www.bikeforall.net/content/bike_for_school.php
- Check out eBay for bargains on bikes, panniers, baskets for the shopping, bike seats and bike trailers.