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Bicycle, bicycle June 13, 2007

Filed under: Bristol news,environment,parenting articles — paulabrown @ 3:19 pm

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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.
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One Response to “Bicycle, bicycle”

  1. ol Says:

    Get fit, relieve stress, reduce your carbon footprint, save money… Whats not to like? The Cycle to work initiative is really being pushed at the moment (rightly so) and its easy to find info regarding the scheme. The blog I’m helping write, tredzblog.co.uk, is an attempt to marry our extensive bike knowledge with solid friendly advice about cycling to work.


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