Bike Month June 2020
This June, everyone in the UK is invited to join Bike Month, a national campaign to get more people on bikes. The Government is encouraging everyone to travel actively to help reopen the economy and keep coronavirus at bay.
Public transport presents a risk of infection but if everyone drives, our roads will come to a standstill. Cycling allows large numbers of people to move around whilst maintaining social distancing and keeping traffic moving. There has been a huge increase in riding nationwide and talk of a ‘golden age for cycling’. Bike Month will help people choose cycling for their daily exercise and for transport.
As well as helping to reopen the economy, riding a bike has huge benefits for individuals. It boosts your immune system, reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease by 45%, is great for mood and mental health and provides a cheap, green way to get from A to B, exercise and explore your surroundings.
The Bike Month campaign is based on a format Love to Ride has developed over the last ten years. They have delivered cycling encouragement programmes worldwide, engaging 507,000 people and over 30,000 organisations.
There will be daily prize draws during Bike Month. Each week one rider will receive £500 to donate to their local Bikes for Key Workers initiative or Coronavirus Community Support group of their choice. We’ll also be giving away two brand new bikes (drawn on 15 June and 1 July) and daily spot prizes throughout June.
To enter the prize draws, you just need to register on the Love to Ride website and enter your rides manually or by linking a cycling app (Strava, MapMyRide or Endomondo).
The site enables members to set themselves goals, track their mileage, earn badges, share photos and encourage others to ride, as well as allowing workplaces to set shared goals, incentivize their staff to ride and monitor cycling participation.
For Bike Month it doesn't matter if you ride every day or if you haven't been on a bike in years. You only have to ride for ten minutes to take part. Indoor rides count too! Even if we can't ride together, we can stay connected through Love to Ride.
The aim of Bike Month is to help people enjoy the fun and freedom of riding bikes and to help them to access the support they need to ride confidently for transport as we emerge from lockdown. Bike Month is also about sharing the joys and benefits of riding bikes and emphasising how cycling can help us to make the ‘new normal’ cleaner, greener and healthier than ever.
Find out more and register at lovetoride.net/wokingham