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“You don’t need fancy clothing or equipment to enjoy cycling”

Bike Week starts today. You should definitely celebrate it by riding your bike. Hundreds of events are being held across the country as Cycling UK urges people to think “bike” and how they can bring cycling into their lives.

Over 300,000 people are expected to take to two wheels and join the UK’s five million regular cyclists this week. Cycling UK is particularly keen for people to realise that cycling isn’t just about the Tour de France and the Olympics, but is also a fun, easy and accessible way to get about for shorter trips too.

“You don’t need fancy clothing or equipment to enjoy cycling,” said Cycling UK’s Chief Executive Paul Tuohy. “All you need is a bike. The benefits of cycling are well documented – it’s good for your wealth, your well-being and helps tackle congestion and air pollution. But most of all it’s fun!

“Maybe it’s been a while since you were last on a bike, well Bike Week is the perfect time to get back in the saddle. You might be surprised at just how much you enjoy it – and think about the savings you’ll make too.”

Earlier this week, we reported how the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is urging employers to ensure offices have adequate bike storage and changing facilities, on the grounds that it will result in a happier and more productive workforce and help combat obesity.

But while a cycle commute can be a great lifestyle change, there are of course plenty of other excuses to get on your bike.

Bike Week will see scores of events taking place up and down the country, including family friendly rides, training events, opportunities to get your bike fixed, bike breakfasts and naked bike rides. You can find the ones taking place near you on this page.

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