Cycling can make you feel good about life – whether you want to improve your fitness, help to improve the environment or have a little fun with your family, cycling is the ideal activity.
Health professionals recommend that adults undertake at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise five times a week. The easiest way to become more active is to incorporate active travel into your daily routine. Cycling to work, school or the shops is an easy way to achieve this and in urban areas it might be quicker than taking the car and finding somewhere to park.
An average person should be able to cycle two miles in around 15 minutes, burning roughly 120 calories.
Some of the key benefits of cycling are:
- improves mental well being
- promotes weight loss
- cuts heart disease and cancer risk
- low impact
- helps you sleep better
- can save time and money
- environmentally friendly
If you want to become more active, but don’t want to do it by yourself, then try joining one of our guided rides or Breeze Rides (women only). These are free rides, which are led by experienced cyclists and are aimed at different levels from new starters to regular cyclists. For more information visit HSBC Let’s Ride, the Breeze Network – North Lincs Facebook group, or the Guided Rides North Lincs Facebook group.
Many schools in North Lincolnshire offer cycle training for children in Years 5 or 6, either the council’s cycle training scheme or Bikeability. For more information contact your school or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For practical help and advice for cycling as a family visit Good Egg Family Cycling, which offers guidance on choosing a bike, safe cycling and learning to ride.
Cycle routes in North Lincolnshire
We have a network of off-road cycle routes which include the Scunthorpe Ridgeway (NCN 169) a six mile route running from Burringham Road in the south to Lodge Lane in the north. The route connects residential areas with the colleges, hospital, park, Normanby Enterprise Park. If you would like a leaflet of this route, please contact us.
The council is also developing the Stainforth and Keadby Canal multi-user path linking Scunthorpe and Crowle.
Work is ongoing on the Ancholme Valley Way a multi user path along the River Ancholme from Brigg.
In addition to this, we have developed a series of self-guided rides around North Lincolnshire, which can be downloaded here.
Brigg Bike Hub
Brigg Bike Hub provides cycling facilities including a safe and secure place to lock bikes, a public tool station and an information point.
The hub is a cycle-friendly café, the Courtyard Café, within The Angel building in Brigg. It provides a meeting point for Breeze and other social rides in a relaxed and friendly environment for cyclists.
Information about cycling opportunities and local routes are available at the hub. You can also find out about cycling groups and clubs in the area.
Breeze bike rides are for ladies only to encourage more females to cycle. Rides regularly leave from the hub. To find out more visit SkyRide website or visit the Breeze Network North Lincs Facebook page where you can find out about local rides for women.
This has all been made possible thanks to a number of volunteers who willing give up their time to volunteer. In May 2016 ten new Breeze Ride Leaders attended British Cycling training to become ride leaders which means that more rides are now taking place across North Lincolnshire.
Ride Social is British Cycling’s fastest growing programme. Sponsored by HSBC UK Ride Social, it is a for anyone who would like to organise their own rides and meet like-minded cyclists. It supports a social network for cyclists. Each ride is described to help you identify which ones are suitable for you and your cycling capability.
Other useful cycling information
The North Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership produces the Off Road Shared Cycle and Pedestrian Routes User Guide . This gives essential information for the safe use of the many shared facilities in North Lincolnshire. Please contact us if you would like a copy.
The Urban Cycling Guide has been developed for adult riders, which advises about techniques and information to help keep you safe while riding in an urban environment. You can watch this on You Tube or contact the Road Safety Team for a free DVD.