This month is Cycle September, a month-long competition from Love to Ride, motivating residents to saddle up and get cycling to be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes as well as improving their health and wellbeing.
The challenge this year is to log a bike ride every week of the month from 1 September. Successful riders will then be entered into a prize draw and could win £4,000 towards a dream holiday, a Raleigh E-Bike worth £2,499 and much more.
As well as winning great prizes, cycling has incredible benefits for your health, even a 10-minute bike ride can boost your immune system and cardiovascular health. It also promotes the release of endorphins and can reduce feelings of low mood and stress. The local environment can benefit too, with less cars on the road and more bikes, less CO2 is entering the atmosphere and car idling will reduce due to less traffic.
Cllr Chris Turrell, executive member for planning and transport, said:
“At a time when money saving, wellbeing and sustainability are a key factor in our lives, there really is no better time to start cycling.
“By swapping your regular car journeys for a bike ride you can reduce CO2 emissions, improve your own health, and save money on fuel.
“Logging your journeys with Love to Ride also has huge benefits. You can connect with an online community of cyclists, share your stories and be in with a chance of winning great prizes.”
It doesn’t matter if you ride every day or if you haven’t been on a bike in years, Love to Ride has helped over 625,000 people worldwide get into cycling. Love to Ride has lots of resources to help people cycle with confidence from top tips to quick courses.