The Government have recently announced they are looking to encourage people to use their bikes more frequently in the build up to summer, and are investing in cycleways to ensure safer cycling.
A £2 billion package has been announced that will create a new era for cycling as alternate methods of travel, including walking, to relieve the pressure on public transport.
This package means it is the largest ever boost for cyclists. There will be new introductions of emergency bike lanes to help support the transport network, and trials of rental e-scooters are being brought forward to increase green transport options.
Following the unprecedented levels of cycling across the UK during the pandemic, the plans will help encourage more people to choose this alternative to public transport when they need to travel, making healthier habits easier.
If you are thinking about getting your bike out and having a ride around this summer, make sure you get your bike checked over first. It needs to be fit for purpose to avoid any problems on the roads or cycle tracks.
You should clean it to remove grime and ensure it runs smoothly, then set the bike to suit you, checking its saddle height to avoid discomfort. Lubricate the chain if necessary, making sure to check the brakes for adjustments and if the tyres need pumping.
When out on your bike, wear light clothing that is bright. You must also wear the appropriate gear, which covers a helmet, gloves, and if you know it is going to be hot, wear sunglasses and apply plenty of suncream. When you set off for your bike ride, start slow and make sure to take a drink.
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