Whether you’re cycling to work, to school, to the shops or just for fun, the humble bicycle is an easy way to get more active. Below are ways of keeping yourself motivated when it comes to cycling:
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Make it a habit
The easiest way to ensure you cycle regularly is to use your bike as a means of everyday transport. Work out your routes using journey planning websites such as Sustrans and Cycle Streets. If you want some company on your bike ride, whether it’s to work or just for fun, find a cycling pal using BikeBUDi. The free Bike Hub iPhone app finds quickest or quietest cycle routes, on roads or on cycle paths. It also locates nearest bike shops.
Cycle to work
Commuting by bike is cheap, green and one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your routine. Work out your route to work using Sustrans or contact your local council for free cycling maps. Transport for London has an interactive cycle journey planner and free local cycling maps.
Cycle to school
Riding to school is a great way to get the kids more active. Cycling has many benefits for children such as improved health, confidence and concentration. Parents may want to accompany younger children, which makes it a good way for grown-ups to get cycling, too.
Mix it up
There are many wonderful places to cycle in cities and the countryside. Cycling is an ideal way for friends and families to explore their neighbourhood and beyond. Sustrans has free information packs about cycling in your region.
Join a bike ride
From charity rides to park cycles, signing up for a bike ride is a great way to stay motivated and experience the great outdoors. Find a bike ride near you using Bike Hub’s events search or Sky and British Cycling’s Sky Ride.