Rediscover the benefits of bike riding

4:19pm - 11 August 2021

Rediscover a love of riding a bike and be in with the chance of winning some prizes by taking to the pedals this September.

Cycle September is a global bike challenge for riders around the world, no matter how often you ride.

If you haven’t been on a bike in years, it’s the ideal opportunity to rediscover the joy of getting around on two wheels.

During September, you just log your bike rides online to earn points, climb up the leaderboard and win prizes.

Find out more and register on the Love to Ride website.

Pass on your cycling skills

Could you take your career up a gear and teach cycling skills to others?

The Bikeability Trust has announced a £500 bursary towards the cost of becoming a qualified Bikeability cycle instructor.

Register your interest on its website.

Making active travel the attractive choice

How did you travel today? Did you get in your car to pop to the shops? Could you have walked or cycled instead?

We’re developing ambitious plans to make it easier for everyone to walk and cycle, creating a cleaner, greener, healthier and more active North Somerset.

Our active travel strategy was given the green light by councillors last month.

It sets out plans for providing more opportunities for safe and frequent active travel – with the ambitious aim of increasing walking and cycling trips by at last 300 per cent by 2030.

This will play a major part in helping North Somerset to be carbon neutral by 2030, as transport is the cause of most carbon emissions locally.

Therefore, this strategy will help to create and reshape environments that provide equal access for everyone, not just those in a car.

Less dominance by the motor car will help create greener, safer and more active environments for local people, businesses and visitors.

The benefits of this to both physical and mental health are clear but the strategy also hopes to boost the local economy by encouraging shorter journeys and increased trade with local businesses.

Our residents think so too.

We ran a public consultation on the strategy between November last year and January this year and 91 per cent of respondents agreed that an increase in active travel is needed to help North Somerset reduce its carbon emissions from transport.

Also, 77 per cent agreed that more should be done to give priority to pedestrians and cyclists over private motor vehicles wherever possible.