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Everyday Cycling for Everyone!

Cycling is a great sport, loved by millions around the world. Not only is it a cheap mode of transport, cycling is also a great way to challenge yourself with something new!

There are lots of different types of cycling to choose from, from road cycling to mountain biking and track cycling to BMX, but don’t let that overwhelm you – sometimes the best place to start is by dusting off the old saddle and just getting out there.

Why is it good for me?

Cycling is a great form of low impact exercise, so it’s good for your joints – particularly your knees.  Cycling is also a great social activity – there are many female-friendly cycling groups and clubs out there that welcome all abilities, and it’s a great activity to enjoy with family and friends too.

The health benefits of cycling aren’t just physical, getting active outdoors and enjoying the fresh air can have a great impact on your mental health and wellbeing.

How much does it cost?

The cost of cycling can vary, but it doesn’t have to be an expensive activity, especially if you’re just starting out.

Apart from the initial cost of a bike, cycling is a great activity to enjoy for free at a time that suits you.

There are plenty of cost-saving options available to those just starting out, including second hand bikes and local bike hire schemes, however a quick retune of old unloved bike can be just the ticket to get you started.

What equipment do I need?

  • A bike
  • A helmet
  • Suitable clothing for the weather
  • If you’re going for a longer ride then padded shorts are a good idea for added comfort
  • Reflective clothing and lights for riding in the dark

Getting started

One of the easiest ways is to get out on a bike local to you. Let's Ride Local is all about family bike rides from your door and has lots of hints and tips.

British Cycling also has Let's Ride which enables you to filter by ride, route, buddy and group. Other useful links are listed below.

Routes 

Events & Competitions

Cumbria County Council Cycling & Walking

Cycling in your area

There are 26 opportunities listed on the Activity Finder. To view local opportunities please select your local area.


Contacts

Robert Pickering

Partnership Manager

British Cycling

M: 07384 214078  



Free National Cycle Network from Sustrans

Leading UK Cycle Charity Sustrans are responsible for the National Cycle Network. 



Cycle To Work Scheme

Cycling is a great way for people to get, and stay, fit and healthy.The Cycle to Work Scheme is a voluntary initiative from the Department for Transport, challenging businesses to become cycle friendly employers by making it easy for staff to cycle to and from work.


Bike for Life