Cycle for Health
Cycle for Health is a a programme that provides a route into regular activity, building fitness and self-esteem.
Designed specifically for adults identified as having poor mental or physical health, the 12-week package of support develops skills and grows confidence through cycle training and led bike rides.
Created in West Yorkshire as part of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme, it is an excellent example of how targeted cycling initiatives in areas of income and health inequality can achieve positive behaviour change, public health benefits and sustainable transport goals.
Courses are delivered in small groups of no more than 12 participants, with qualified instructors and rider leaders, as a two-hour session each week.
The course delivers a steady and achievable increase in activity, and participants are encouraged to set targets.
Bikes are provided, and locations are selected which offer links to green spaces and traffic-free cycle routes.
At the end of the course, participants are signposted to other cycling opportunities to help them continue to develop.