PRESS RELEASE: EVERYDAY CYCLING FOR EVERYONE
Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’.
This year’s Bike Week will be staged 10–18th June 2017, although Bike Week events are organized outside of these dates, too. Bike Week was started in 1923 by the Cyclists’ Touring Club (now known as Cycling UK).
Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to the local shops, school, the library, or just to visit friends.
As the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK, Bike Week encourages over half a million people to join in events, rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around. There are more than 500 events planned for 2017. These can be found at www.bikeweek.org.uk/events
OXFORD BIKE WEEK
Oxford Bike Week encourages people from all walks of life to get on their bike and start cycling. A week of free, bike related events from 10th -18th June, events range from workshops on how to fix that broken bike in your garage, to a full on overnight dash to Dorset.
The week starts with the Big Green Day out on Broad Street from 10am. Try different bikes or explore cycle related art. If you want to get your bike set up for the week (or the summer?) Broken Spoke are running supported access at their repair workshop on Pembroke St. Learn to fix your bike! On Sunday 11th June is the Cowley Road Condor’s Newbies ride – hugely popular last year – for your first friendly foray into group riding.
Monday 12 June by popular acclaim is the Cyclox Traffic light free ride – a circumnavigation of oxford with no traffic lights. On Tuesday, there’s a women only wildlife ride, for beginners looking to get back on a bike and see some countryside. A key theme this year is science and the environment with rides to solar farms, wind farms and a hydro-electric plant. Finally, squeezing outside of bike week but returning for the 6th year running is our Solstice dawn ride to Boar’s Hill on 21st June.
See www.oxfordbikeweek.co.uk for more details on these and many other events.
Oxford Bike Week is run by a group of volunteers from across Oxford’s cycling organisations, including Sustrans, Cyclox, Broken Spoke, Cowley Road Condors, Isis Cyclists, and Cycling UK.
UK BIKE WEEK INFORMATION FOR REFERENCE
The UK’s biggest mass-participation cycling event is set to kick start a summer of cycling this June for over half a million people. Bike Week 2016 (11 – 19 June) aims to substantially boost the numbers of people cycling to work which currently stands at around 800,000.
From buddy rides to bike breakfasts, Bike Week brings together a host of simple ideas to help make cycle commuting an accessible and attractive proposition to the many people who might just need a gentle nudge in the right direction.
Whether it’s for fun, as a means of getting to work or school, to get to the shops or to visit friends, Bike Week provides a one stop shop of events and inspiration to get you onto the saddle.
With cycling becoming more popular than ever, increasing numbers of people are taking up cycling as an easy and efficient way to travel. According to the National Travel Survey, over five million people cycle three or more times a week.
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 you can log your trips, set goals and win amazing 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.” Register today to join the Love to Ride community.
Cycling UK Press Office
Notes to Editors:
- Bike Week 2017 runs 10 – 18 June 2017. For more information visit www.bikeweek.org.uk and follow us on https://www.facebook.com/NationalBikeWeek and https://twitter.com/Bike_Week (using the hashtag #BikeWeekUK)
- Bike Week 2017 is delivered by Cycling UK, formerly CTC the national cycling charity, as part of the European Union Intelligent Energy Programme. Bike Week also has funding from Cycling Scotland and Bike Hub. Other partners this year include NSPCC, Bike Radar, Cycling Plus, Cyclescheme, Love to Ride, The London Bike Show, and The Telegraph. http://bikeweek.org.uk/partners/
- The National Travel Survey (NTS) is produced by the Department for Transport and is the primary source of data on personal travel patterns in Great Britain https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-travel-survey-statistics
- Cycling UK commissioned a YouGov survey that found that almost half of Britain’s commuters live within an ‘easily cycle-able’ distance from their workplace (0-5 miles away). If they aren’t already enjoying a ride to work, this research suggests than millions more commuters would feel much better for making the switch to cycling http://www.cyclinguk.org/news/20150617-commuter-gripes-solved-bike-week
- Cycling UK, is the UK’s largest cycling charity, working to inspire and help people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. Find out more at cyclinguk.org