Love to Ride - promoting cycling in West Lothian
Remember, remember - It's Cycle September!
We are halfway through the month, but it's not too late to get involved. Join us to get more people on bikes- it's fun and you only have to ride for ten minutes to be eligible for amazing prizes!.
Sign up your workplace and charge up that leaderboard, or take part as an individual and encourage others to join in the fun.
If you haven't done so already, sign up and log your trips on Love to Ride, or come down and we can get you signed up and experiencing the benefits of cycling first hand
West Lothian Bike Library
Come along to the West Lothian Bike Library (Templar Rise, Livingston EH54 6DG) at 12pm on Saturday 26 September.
The team will be conducting a led ride (leaving 12:30pm approx). They can give your bike a once over before setting off and a tune up afterwards if there are any problems you notice whilst riding.
Anyone of any age or ability is encouraged to come down. The Bike Library has a range of adaptable bikes, trikes and ebikes to cater to everyone's needs and abilities, so don't be put off if you don't own a bike or haven't ridden for a while!
Come along to the The Vennie, Knightsridge East, Livingston EH54 8RA at 12pm on Sunday 27 September, we will be conducting a led ride (leaving 12:30pm approx).
Anyone of any age or ability is encouraged to come down. The Vennie has a number of bikes to cater to everyone's needs and abilities, so don't be put off if you don't own a bike or haven't ridden for a while!
The aim of Cycle September is to help more people to enjoy the fun and freedom of cycling and to access the support they need to ride for transport.
Cycle September - The Facts!
- Cycle September is based on a tried and tested format that has engaged more than 517,000 people worldwide and helped 121,000 people take up riding or get back in the saddle.
- You can take part as an individual, with your workplace and with your cycling club or social cycling group.
- Individuals and their workplaces will compete on local, national and global leaderboards to see who can earn the most points.
- Points are earned for every mile and day you ride plus every person you encourage.
- You could win bikes, gear, restaurant vouchers and lots of other great prizes - plus if you encourage your company to sign up and your team tops the national leaderboard at the end of September, you could win Cyclehoop equipment for your workplace!
Why take part?
There are a bunch of benefits for taking part in Cycle September. Individually, for your organisation, and for our planet, riding helps to...
- make us happier and healthier
- make us more energetic and productive
- save us money, and our organisations money too - through fewer sick days, lower car parking costs and increased productivity.
Organisations that take part in Cycle September will gain access to:
- a fun team-building and staff engagement programme that's easy to run
- support to achieve your organisation's sustainability goals
- a way to monitor cycling to your sites and help your staff to be more active and environmentally friendly
- track and measure stats across the organisation and see how much CO2 you save to measure the impact of your staff cycling
You can take part in 3 easy steps:
- To register and for further information: lovetoride.net/westlothian
- Join your company or invite your workplace to register (you can join or register a group or ride solo too!)
- Log rides manually in September or connect your favourite cycling app (Strava, MapMyRide or Endomondo). Your rides will be recorded automatically and will sync your last 30 days of riding!
Awareness has grown in recent years that cycling is a 'silver bullet' to solve several twenty-first century problems, such as air pollution, congestion, obesity and heart disease. Cycling is also a crucial part of plans for recovery from the coronavirus crisis.
Cycle September supports the Government's effort to double cycling trips by 2025 and to make the bicycle the default mode of transport for short journeys. The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said "What makes people cycle: it's easy to grab the bike, and there's space to cycle. The trick is to keep this going. That requires more than just the money that we're putting into cycling. It also requires a change in culture". Cycle September is an easy, fun way for everyone to contribute to the change in culture that we need for the UK to benefit from increased levels of cycling.
Regular exercise is vital for good respiratory health and travelling actively is a good way for people to keep fit and healthy and protect our NHS by reducing the impact if there is a second wave. A British Cycling report shows that increased urban cycling could save the NHS £17 billion over 20 years. The report also found that moderate levels of cycling were associated with a 28% lower mortality risk in older adults and 20% lower stress levels amongst cycle commuters. As well as boosting public health, cycling frees up space on public transport and the roads for people who can't ride a bike and for key workers who need to get to essential jobs.
Cycle September organisers, Love to Ride, have been running Urban Cycling Skills webinars to boost new riders' confidence and help them to ride on the road. An attendee from Devon said, "Me (and my 12 year old daughter!) found the webinar really useful... it was really helpful learning about the importance of communication with other road users and position on the road. Thanks for providing this webinar to NHS key workers". Qualified instructors talk attendees through the basics of preparing to ride on the road and teach them two 'Cycling Superpowers' to help them communicate clearly with other road users and control the traffic around them. There will be regular webinars to support new riders up to, and through, Cycle September.
The Cycle September website also has lots of useful information and advice to help you get started riding and to help you ride more often for fun, fitness and transport. There will also be fantastic prizes up for grabs for riding and encouraging in September, plus signing up before 1 September will put you in the draw for a Cannondale bike. It only takes a minute to register at lovetoride.net/westlothian
Keep in touch
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- Website: lovetoride.net/westlothian
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Love to Ride enables members to set goals, track distance, earn badges, share photos and stories and encourage others to ride, as well as allowing workplaces to incentivise their staff to ride and monitor cycling participation at their sites.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic we have been working hard to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances and we will continue to do so. We've launched our Ride Relief program to support new riders on their behaviour change journey and add value for our regular riders. The crisis presents an unprecedented opportunity to achieve large-scale behaviour change and modal shift. The following pointers may help you to communicate about Cycle September and cycling in the context of the crisis:
Frame cycling as a constructive way for people to contribute to the recovery
Every trip by bike frees up seats on public transport and space on the road for people who can't ride a bike and for key workers to get to vital jobs
Cycling is excellent exercise and rapidly improves health: we all need to be in the best shape possible to soften the impact of a second wave and protect our NHS
Cycling boosts your mood and improves mental health, so it can help us all to deal with the stresses of the pandemic and its economic impacts
Everyone's doing it: there has been a 200% increase in cycling in some places in the UK, bike shops are reporting shortages and 37,745 people bought a bike through the Cycle to Work scheme during Bike Month in June
Help build back better: if we make cycling the new normal for shorter journeys, our towns and cities will be cleaner, greener, healthier, happier and more liveable places than before