Bicyclists on a journey from the north of England to London are taking part in a bicycle exercise which is part of a major new cycle training scheme, designed to teach people to ride a bike safely.
Key points:Cycle exercise in the UK has been linked to a decrease in the number of bike-related deaths and injuriesThe exercise, Bike Safe, has been rolled out by Cycle Sport London (CSL) to coincide with the start of the British Cycling Awards in central LondonThis is the first year that cycling in the US has been included in the Cycling Awards.
The aim is to promote cycling as a safe, healthy, and environmentally friendly activity and is part, if not the only, part of CSL’s bike safety strategy, which is designed to encourage people to cycle safely.
Cycle safety is a key priority for CSL, which has been working closely with UK government and local authorities to develop a new national plan to promote bicycle safety.CSL CEO Mike Smith said the exercise was part of its Cycling Safe strategy and had been rolled around to coincide the British cycling awards in central and south London.
“We’re delighted to partner with Cycle Sport in the new British Cycling Award in May, where we’ll showcase cycling as an active, healthy and environmentally responsible way of life,” Mr Smith said.
“It’s important that people realise the risks of cycling, including falling, injuries and collisions.”
The UK is the only developed country in the world which has not yet made a commitment to make cycling a part of national cycling programmes, although other countries such as the US and Germany have recently announced plans to make it a part or are in the process of doing so.
“With more and more people looking to cycle to work and for recreation, it is critical that we are making sure that we continue to invest in our infrastructure to make sure that people get the best quality of life possible,” Mr Wood said.
The plan also includes an online tool which encourages cyclists to take part in cycling exercises as part of their weekly exercise programme.
“Our approach is to encourage young people to take up cycling,” Mr Stone said.”[But] the key to our work is to be honest about the risks and to understand the benefits of cycling.”
There’s a lot of evidence that shows cycling helps reduce stress, fatigue, and the need for medication.
“For example, a survey of British cyclists showed that over 80 per cent of riders reported being able to take a break from their day job to take some time out.”
CycleSafe is being rolled out across London, with around 150 sessions planned to run across London over the next 12 months.
“Bicycles are the best form of transport for people to go anywhere in the city, and cycling is safer than driving, as it is safer for pedestrians and cyclists to be on the road,” Mr Miller said.
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