National Bike Week: 10 – 16 June 2024

Bike Week is the UK’s biggest awareness-raising moment of the year for cycling and provides an opportunity to remind ourselves about the positives bikes can bring, for our health and wellbeing, as well as our communities and the planet.

Organised by Cycling UK, this year’s theme is be a bike hero. By being a bike hero we can build a happier and greener world through cycling, saving the planet, saving money and boosting our wellbeing.

Man in blue jacket riding a bike through a park
There are lots of opportunities for us all to get out on a bike, whether we’re an avid cyclist already or haven’t been on a bike since we were a child.

Here's some ideas to help you get out on your bike.

  • Replace a short journey you’d usually take by car
  • Take the kids out for a bike ride, or ride to and from school
  • Encourage friends to join you on a ride
  • Join a bike week event in your area
  • Inspire others by sharing your cycling journey on social media. Use the hashtags #BikeWeekUK and #BikeHero

There are lots of tips and advice to get you out on your bike on the Cycling UK website.

Free cycle training for schools

The Council’s Road Safety Team continues to work with schools across the borough to offer free cycle Bikeability training for pupils. The training is organised and delivered across the borough by the Council’s delivery provider, Bikeright.

Any schools in west Cheshire can take part in the training programme, which provides young people with the skills and confidence to ride their bike safely.

For further information and to book a space visit the Bikeright website.

Active Travel Festival – Sunday, 16 June

The Active Travel Festival (AtFest) will be returning for its second year to Chester city centre, promoting all modes of active travel and the benefits for our health and communities. The event, which is take place in Town Hall Square, is part of the wider Chester Green Weekend event. There will be a range of activities taking place on the day from bike health checks, freestyle mountain bike stunt displays, security marking of bikes and films and talks.

Find out more over on the AtFest website.

Cycle buddy scheme

If you are keen to get on your bike but are unsure of routes or need a bit of a confidence boost to take that first step, the Chester Cycling Campaign’s Cycle Buddy Scheme could be the ideal solution. The free scheme matches experienced volunteer cyclists who are Campaign members with those aged 18 or over who would like some support to help them cycle more in Chester. Find out more on the Chester Cycling Campaign website.

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