It's Bike Week: enjoy the ride!
- One in three people in the UK owns or has access to a bike and Cycling UK is asking as many of them as possible to share their rides
- Bike Week launches on Sunday 30 May with the World’s Biggest Bike Ride, which anyone can join by pledging to ride and logging their miles online
- Online events, challenges, routes and activities to inspire adventures, with great prizes to be won
- Pop-up cycle hub will be opening in Cardiff during Bike Week, offering Dr Bike safety checks and information about cycling activities in Wales
Cycling UK, the UK’s cycling charity, is preparing for the launch of Bike Week, the annual celebration of all things bike-related. The event, which has been running since 1923, will run from 30 May to 5 June and focuses on how cycling boosts our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
The restrictions placed on our daily lives by the coronavirus pandemic caused many people’s physical and mental health to suffer. Cycling helps to tackle both these problems, by providing physical exercise and also connecting people with nature, while offering a safe alternative to public transport or cars for essential journeys.
The past year has seen a bike boom: figures from the Bicycle Association show that 3.1 million bicycles were purchased in the UK in 2020, and the value of the UK cycle sector soared by 45% compared with 2019, to £2.31 billion. Cycling UK welcomes this trend and wants the increase in bike journeys to become part of the “new normal” as restrictions continue to ease. Anybody can participate in Bike Week by pledging to ride and logging their journeys at bikeweek.org.uk.
As part of the celebrations, Cycling UK is opening a pop-up shop in Cardiff city centre for the week; anyone is welcome to drop in and say hello. The shop, at 2/4 Morgan Arcade, CF10 1AF, facing St Mary Street, will be open from Tuesday 1 June to Friday 4 June and visitors will be able to find out more about Cycling UK's activities in Wales, collect children's Bike Week activity packs, pick up free gifts and get their bikes checked free of charge. For a full timetable of events, see https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/bike-week-cardiff-and-beyond.
Gwenda Owen, Cycling UK engagement officer for Wales, said: "Bike Week is always great but this year in Wales it's going to be even better! Creating a cycling hub in the centre of Cardiff is a fantastic opportunity to let many more people know about the great things that are happening for cycling and how they can get involved."
On Sunday 30 May, the World’s Biggest Bike Ride, supported by leading bike retailer Evans Cycles, aims to get as many people as possible across the UK, cycling on one day. Everyone who signs up at bikeweek.org.uk will receive a free region mapping bundle worth £8.99 from the ride sharing and planning app Komoot.
With Bike Week coinciding with half term in much of the country, Cycling UK has also teamed up with Komoot to offer a collection of 21 family-friendly bike rides across the UK: https://www.komoot.com/collection/1164753/21-family-friendly-bike-rides….
Throughout the week, people sharing their ride on social media using the hashtag #7DaysOfCycling can win great prizes, including a junior bike from Halfords, £100 vouchers from cycle clothing firm Rapha, and much more. The bikeweek.org.uk website has lots of challenges, routes and activities to inspire cyclists of all ages, whether they are experienced or novices, as well as virtual events including online advice sessions and yoga classes for cyclists.
Sarah Mitchell, chief executive of Cycling UK, commented: “Over the past year we have really seen the importance of staying active and getting outside for our wellbeing, both physical and mental. We estimate that one in three people in the UK either owns or has access to a bike – that’s about 25 million people. This Bike Week we want to see as many of them as possible sharing the benefits and joy of cycling and showing the possibilities of a better world by bike.”
Lee Waters MS, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Climate Change, said: “I rediscovered cycling as an adult and appreciate the benefits to be gained. Not only is it good for our health and mental wellbeing, it is one of the easiest ways to reduce our carbon emissions – and it’s cheaper and very often quicker than travelling by car.
“Getting people to use their cars less and to cycle more often for local journeys is a key part of our new transport strategy to help us both tackle congestion and climate change. And we’re putting our money where our mouth is by investing over £70m in active travel in 2021-22.”
Notes to editors
- Cycling UK, the UK’s cycling charity, imagines a world where the streets are free of congestion and the air is clean to breathe, where parents encourage their children to cycle to school and everyone shares the exhilaration of being in the saddle. For more than 140 years, we’ve been making our streets safer, opening up new traffic free routes and inspiring more people to cycle more often. www.cyclinguk.org
- Bike Week, delivered by Cycling UK and supported in Scotland by Cycling Scotland, has been celebrating the benefits of cycling since 1923. Bike Week 2021 has the theme of health and wellbeing, focusing on all the amazing ways cycling can make us feel better: physically, mentally and emotionally. See more at www.bikeweek.org.uk.
- A full list of prizes on offer to those who take part in the World’s Biggest Bike Ride or share stories on social media with the hashtag #7DaysOfCycling can be found at https://www.cyclinguk.org/bikeweek/win-with-bike-week
- Figures from the Bicycle Association show that in 2020, more than 3.1 million bicycles were purchased in Great Britain, about 15% more than in any of the previous five years. The UK cycle market was worth £2.31 billion in 2020, an increase of 45% on 2019. See https://www.bicycleassociation.org.uk/news-press/uk-bicycle-supply-in-2021/ and https://www.bicycleassociation.org.uk/news-press/ba-report-covid-cycling-boom-will-triple-e-bike-sales-by-2023/.
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