Cornwall Council encourages county to get into the saddle for next month's Bike Week

'Toolkits' available for workplaces and schools as part of plans to get more people cycling

by Simon_MacMichael   May 6, 2012  

St Ives (© Simon MacMichael)

Cornwall Council has developed a range of ‘toolkits’ ahead of next month’s Bike Week, which runs from 16-24 June, in an attempt to get as many people as possible to ride bikes more often.

A toolkit specifically designed for schools which gives an overview of Bike Week as well as providing advice and suggestions of activities that can be included in the initiative can be downloaded from the council website.

Employers and workplaces are asked to register to receive their own toolkit, with the council hoping that encouraging people to take part in Bike Week will help them develop a cycling habit that will continue long after the week is over.

Graeme Hicks, Cornwall County Council Cabinet Member for Transportation, Highways and Environment Operations, commented: “I would actively encourage cycling as a practical way to save money in these financially difficult times as drivers suffer from the effects of rapidly rising fuel prices.

“It has the added benefit of helping people keep fit and enables the participant to build a fitness programme into their daily routine. Cycling is extremely kind to our precious environment by reducing harmful greenhouse gases and reducing traffic congestion.

“As an authority we should be doing everything we can to promote and encourage this sustainable mode of transport,” he added.
Tourist attractions including The Eden Project and the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, are also offering discounted entry or other promotions to tie into Bike Week.

Further details can be found on Cornwall Council’s website, while the Bike Week website has information on events taking place throughout the UK with more being added in the coming weeks.

The Summer of Cycling initiative, launched by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group and the Bicycle Association, is also looking to get Britons onto their bikes this summer. Amog other things, the initiative, which runs until October, encourages cyclists "to share the fun and introduce just one friend, neighbour, colleague or family member to cycling."