Published on 11th June 2014

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Cheltenham Borough Council’s healthy lifestyles team is looking to launch a ‘Cycling for health’ scheme as part of National Bike Week 2014.

Participants of the cycling for health scheme will be referred through leisure-at Cheltenham’s Re-Active scheme. This scheme aims to get people who have been referred with a health related condition active within the local area by providing a range of activities for referred clients to choose from. Other activities include the Walking for Health Scheme, Walk Well, which encourages more than 100 people to walk each week across its 10 weekly walks.

The Cycling for Health programme is hoping to create the same success as the health walks, with more people becoming active and healthy through the help of the local authority.

Bikeability instructors provided by Gloucestershire County Council will be coaching the cyclists and motivating them to embrace the activity. The council’s Healthy Lifestyles team are also looking for cyclist volunteers to help inspire and motivate people within the community to get back on their bikes through the development of weekly cycling sessions.

To launch this initiative, the council have teamed up with the Gloucestershire Bike Project to provide taster sessions for those referred that haven’t cycled before. The session will take place on Saturday, 14 June from 10am-3pm at leisure-at-cheltenham. Gloucestershire Bike Project will also be offering free bike safety checks & tune ups as well as free smoothies, local cycling maps and guides. The police will also be attending to do some security coding.

Councillor Rowena Hay, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles says: “the Cycling for Health scheme is a fantastic idea to get people active within the community. The scheme creates an opportunity to get fit as well as socialise within the local communities. Due to the success of the walks scheme, I think that the Cycling for Health will be terrific for the people referred onto the scheme.”

Maureen Parker, Project Co-ordinator, from the Gloucestershire Bike Project added: We are delighted to be able to support the launch of the Cycling for Health initiative. Cycling is a great way to build fitness and is also really enjoyable. Not just that, it is also a really sustainable mode of transport. We are always keen to support people into cycling and this initiative is an excellent way for people to give cycling a go.”

For more information on the Gloucestershire Bike project, visit their website. You can also find out more information on the Re-active scheme shared with Cheltenham Borough Council and the Gloucestershire NHS.


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