Cycling UK reaches more than 50,000 people with the Big Bike Revival in 2017

The Big Bike Revival launch in 2017
The Big Bike Revival launch in Harrogate
The Big Bike Revival launch in Harrogate

Cycling UK reaches more than 50,000 people with the Big Bike Revival in 2017

More than 21,000 people are now doing more exercise, and more than 6,000 have become regular cyclists after the success of Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival in 2017.
  • More than 52,000 people attended almost 1,500 free events across England over six weeks in May and June
  • Events were run to fix bikes, give advice and promote regular cycling, with huge success
  • More than 13,000 preloved bikes, destined for the scrapheap or left idle, were brought back to working use

More than 21,000 people are now doing more exercise, and more than 6,000 have become regular cyclists after the success of Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival in England in 2017. New figures released by the national cycling charity reveal that 52,431 people attended almost 1,500 free events across England over six weeks in May and June.

The award-winning project, funded by the Department for Transport, has been running since 2015 and supports cycling groups at a local level holding public events to break down the barriers to cycling many people face. The Big Bike Revival aims to help the vast numbers of people who have access to a bike, but due to a lack of money or mechanical knowledge, have put it away for the foreseeable future. Big Bike Revival events also boost people’s confidence on two wheels, showing them a viable, healthy, and more cost-effective form of transport.

Laura Hales, Cycling UK’s Head of Development England said: “We have had another brilliant year with the Big Bike Revival in 2017. From congestion and pollution to physical and mental well-being, cycling can be a remedy for all kinds of challenges. By giving that initial support to mend a puncture or get back in the saddle at free events, people have seen for themselves how easy, fun and useful it can be to get cycling again and make a routine change.”

Cycling Minister Jesse Norman said: “We are delighted that Government funding for the Big Bike Revival has helped break down barriers and encouraged people to get on their bikes again.

“Cycling improves people’s health, cuts congestion and is good for the environment – these projects show that riding a bike is something everyone can enjoy and benefit from.”

More bikes have also been returned to use. With the help of volunteers from cycling projects and community groups across the country, Big Bike Revival has seen 13,684 pre-loved bikes restored to safe working order. Unwanted bikes have found a variety of new homes, from being purchased by members of the public, often raising money for great causes, to being given away to community programmes.

John Rowe is a volunteer for the Big Bike Revival with his project Resurrection Bikes in Harrogate; this year he has seen over 600 bikes brought back to life, with some given away to refugee families newly settled across Yorkshire.

John said: “It’s connected us to so many interesting people. We have fun and see where it goes. We aren’t target-driven, we’re just a bunch of volunteers enjoying ourselves for a good cause.”

Contact information 

For more information and images contact the national Cycling UK Press Office on 01483 238 315 or 07786 320 713, or email publicity@cyclinguk.org 

Notes to editors 
  1. Cycling UK, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps 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. www.cyclinguk.org
  2. Images, a video and an infographic of Big Bike Revival cycling activities, as well as an audio clip of an interview with Laura Hales, are available to download from Dropbox with this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y4i2sl8ornimpn9/AADG7R6Jm6G-05dMR7IjzaANa?dl=0
  3. Big Bike Revival is a project from Cycling UK, with funded events across England and Scotland. The Big Bike Revival in England is funded by Department for Transport. The Big Bike Revival in Scotland is funded by Transport Scotland.
  4. More about John Rowe and Resurrection Bikes can be found here: https://www.cyclinguk.org/case-study/resurrection-bikes-celebrates-three...
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