Commuting to work

Work-ride balance

Bike Week begins on 30 May 2021 and there never has been a more important time to celebrate cycling.

Life has been turned upside down, and whether you are new to cycling or have been riding for a while, making cycling a part of your everyday routine has become more important than ever.

Bike Week is an opportunity to go cycling, celebrate cycling (win prizes) and is something you can easily do by biking from home.

7 days of cycling

Working from home doesn’t mean you don’t still have busy lives, with work, childcare and all those lock-down quizzes! So how do you fit in seven rides in seven days for Bike Week?

  • Pre-work – push yourself and get a good workout so you can hit the ground running
  • Cycle to the shops – pick up the essentials for you or for others by bike
  • Lunchtime loops – get away from your desk at lunchtime for a quick blast in the best of the weather
  • Turbo time – while everyone is encouraged to get out once a day, if you have rollers or a turbo trainer you might want to get a ride indoors
  • Go off-track – get off the beaten path, explore somewhere new and discover something special
  • Cycle with the family – take the children out and get a fun-filled ride that everyone enjoys

Don’t forget to tell us about your adventures – tag @wearecycling and #7daysofcycling for an opportunity to win a prize.

Taking regular breaks from the screen and exercise

With so many conversations taking place digitally, many of us are clocking up even more hours staring at screens, as we connect to people through digital platforms.

Taking just 30 minutes to fit in a bike ride can be great for your physical and mental health. Cycling is a great way to fit around your schedule. Be healthy is one of the 7 days of Bike Week and it’s the perfect time to build good habits that will help you perform better at work too.

Health benefits of cycling – even for short journeys

Cycling regularly improves your life expectancy, reduces serious injury and improves  cardiovascular fitness, and weight loss.

The good news is that it doesn’t even take a lot of cycling to see the benefits. The government recommended minimum is five x 30 minutes of exercise a week – that’s just a 15-minute ride to and from work each day, or 30 minutes of fun for the family.

Cycling to the shops for essentials

Many people are reducing their time outdoors and keeping a safe distance from others. Try combining your daily exercise with a trip to the shop for your essentials, don’t forget this counts as one of your#7daysofcycling.

Cycling to work counts as part of your #7daysofcycling

Not everyone is working from home right now as many essential workers are still commuting by bike. You may be new to cycle commuting, as we know more people are changing the way they travel and the government is actively encouraging people to try walking and cycling wherever possible. If this is you, check out our handy guide for beginners.

Whether you are a seasoned commuter or taking to the bike for the first time, make sure you use the hashtag #7daysofcycling when you post on social media during Bike Week to be in with a chance of winning a prize!