Get on your bike!
There are lots of ways people can get involved with the national Bike Week campaign next week here in Slough.
The annual celebration, between 8 – 16 June, showcases cycling, inspires people to get in the saddle and reveals how bikes can be incorporated into everyday life providing ongoing health benefits. The council’s sustainable transport team Better by have organised a number of events and initiatives to get people cycling.
Better by are visiting Colnbrook C of E School, High Street, with the team from Rollapaluza who will pit students against student to post the fastest times on static bikes; a padlock competition at St Mary’s Cof E Primary School, Yew Tree Rd, where students who use a bike to get to school may find a lucky padlock on their bike and win a prize; as well as a healthy biker’s breakfast for pupils of Arbour Vale School, Farnham Road, who get to school on two wheels. Part of the bigger Slough Go Cycle Campaign, 10 schools in the borough have signed up to make a commitment to get more children cycling for their school journey.
For adults the week starts off with the chance to refresh bike skills with the adult cycle training at Salt Hill Park on Saturday 8 June which can be booked online at www.slough.gov.uk/betterby. Staff at O2 will get the chance to commute via Slough cycle hire with a new hire station positioned right outside its offices on Bath Road and Better by will support a led ride for carers by lending cycle hire bikes. The cycle hire scheme has recently been revamped and provides bikes for anyone over 16 which can be used for commuting to a lunch time ride. To celebrate Bike Week, you will be able to cycle for free during Bike Week when choosing the daily Pay As You Go tariff. Visit www.cycleslough.com for more information.
People who use bikes to commute to the High Street will also have the chance to win one of two £30 Decathlon vouchers if they log their ride on the Love to Ride Slough app at
Employees at Royal Mail will enjoy a free breakfast for those who cycle to the depot on Friday where Decathlon and Love to Ride will also be there
The initiatives around Bike Week are to promote how cycling is good for people.
Councillor Rob Anderson said: “Not only will regular cycling make you feel healthier and reduce your travel costs, but you’ll be doing your bit for the environment as well. You’ll be contributing to a cleaner Slough as taking up cycling, and leaving your car at home, means that you’re no longer emitting harmful particulates or carbon monoxide, both which reduce air quality and cause health problems.
“It’s a great way to save time, money and have fun too and it doesn’t have to be too strenuous.
“These days bikes have a good range of gears meaning cycling to work, college, school or just to enjoy being out and about in the open air – cycling can give you a lifetime of benefits.”
“Even gentle riding will get your pulse rate up and burn some calories.”
Just an hour and a half of low level exercise per week can increase a person’s life expectancy by three years according to one study and if you are more vigorous an hour of cycling can burn as much as 700 calories per hour.
It is a low impact form of exercise meaning very little pressure on joints and cycling just 20 miles a week can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50 per cent according to the British Medical Association.
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Pic shows councillors trying out Slough cycle hire bikes.