The UK’s biggest mass-participation cycling event is set to take place this June with over half a million people participating.
Bike Week 2016, which takes place from 11 – 19 June, aims to substantially boost the numbers of people cycling to work which currently stands at around 800,000.
Jonathan Sharpe, Cycling UK’s Bike Week Coordinator, said “As nearly half of the UK’s working population live within five miles of work, cycling can really easily become a part of your daily commute and Bike Week is the best opportunity to start.Cycling often doesn’t feel like you are commuting – with the chance to ride through quieter streets, alongside canals, and on off road routes, you get a greater sense of freedom and progress than you do stuck in a traffic jam or on a bus or train.”
Henry Street, Fundraising Manager at NSPCC said: "The NSPCC is really pleased to be a part of such a packed schedule of fun everyday cycling events this summer. We would love people to think about how much money they will save by making the switch to cycling and think about making a donation from those savings”.
Bike Week will feature weekend family rides to help inspire new commuters and get them feeling comfortable with the prospect of cycling to work. There will be Dr Bike maintenance events, bike breakfasts to reward those cycling to work and ‘cycling buddies’ to help people find routes to work and provide encouragement.
To support those already cycling or new to riding a bike, Bike Week is also partnering with Love to Ride so participants can log their trips, set goals and win prizes. Sam Robinson, General Manager at Love to Ride said “Bike Week is a fantastic way to get cycling back into your daily life and our Bike Week Challenge, website and GPS app gives you even more incentive to take part, with stacks of great prizes up for grabs.”