The health benefits of cycling are well documented but there are environmental advantages too.
Groups will be promoting the benefits of cycling throughout National Bike Week and this year it runs from June 6th – 12th.
What is Bike Week?
Bike Week 2022 will focus on how riding can impact local communities. By improving people’s health and environmental footprint while saving money.
Groups are calling for families, friends, neighbours, and co-workers to unite. For instance, asking them to imagine how to improve their local area if people cycled more.
This year, Cycling UK will be raising money to help transform cycling in communities across the UK.
Throughout Bike Week, cyclists can share their rides on social media using the hashtag #BikeWeekUK for a chance to win prizes.
Sarah Mitchell, Cycling UK’s chief executive, said: “As we launch Bike Week 2022 for its 99th year, we want communities to come together to celebrate the benefits of cycling.
“We estimate that if all cycle journeys increased from the current level of 2% to 25% by 2050, the collective benefit would be £248bn.
“This Bike Week we hope to see people saving money and the planet, feeling healthier and celebrating the joy of cycling together. We hope people enjoy inclusive and friendly Bike Week events in their local area, and in turn start cycling more regularly.”
It is a great form of transport and has many benefits. However, cyclists can be vulnerable to accidents.
Recent changes to the Highway Code give cyclists more protection with priority over motorists. As a result, safety groups are hoping this will protect those on bikes even further.
Read more about the Highway code changes HERE
Road safety charity, Brake says there are ways that cyclists can make themselves safer on the roads. For instance, following safety precautions before riding.
Simple measures can reduce the risk of an accident, therefore reducing the number of injuries.
- Cycle training – If you don’t feel confident on your bike, invest in some training. Groups that provide training include Bikeability, Cycling UK, and British Cycling.
- Always wear a helmet – Make sure it fits properly. Research shows that wearing a helmet reduces your chances of suffering fatal or serious brain injuries in an accident.
- Bike maintenance – Keep your bike in good condition and remember it is illegal to ride at night without lights.
Share photos of your rides on social media this week and don’t forget to use the hashtag #BikeWeekUK