May 20, 2015

Getting Ready for National Bike Week 2015

National Bike Week (13th-21st June) is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s one week where people and organisations everywhere can come together to explore and celebrate the many benefits of travelling by bike.

Cycling can be an awesome addition to everyday life, whether you choose to bike to work, school, to the shops, to a friend’s house, or simply because you love it. National Bike Week combines all the best elements of cycling – social, health and fun – to give you a fantastic insight into what cycling is all about (if you currently don’t cycle) as well as a few challenges (if you do).

Who Is Taking Part?

National Bike Week 2015 is currently being supported and/or funded by leading partners like National Cycling Charity; EU Intelligent Energy Programme;Bike Hub; Travelwise; Cyclescheme and Love To Ride, among others.

There are also plenty of workplaces, schools, biking clubs, bike shops and whole communities taking part too, all hoping to get a taste of the cycling life and spread the biking bug.

What Will Be Happening?

There are plenty of events taking part in a number of cities all over the country, all of which are sure to whet your appetite for cycling in some way. There are bike exchanges; Buddy Ups (where you can cycle to work as a group); ‘Dr Bike’ clinics to make sure your current cycle is in tiptop condition; Bike Breakfasts; social rides and fundraisers.

To find out what’s happening in your town or city, visit and type in your location.

Events Not to Miss

Some of the most notable events going down during NBW are:

National Cycle Challenge

This is an event taking place across the whole month of June, from 8th till the 28th. Run by organisers Love To Ride, the event encourages people to recruit their work mates to jump on a bike for just ten minutes (that’s right, just ten minutes) and offers prizes to businesses with the most recruits.

Sound like something you’d be interested in? Just register with Love To Ride, then round up your colleagues and get them to log their minutes/hours.

World Naked Bike Ride

Perhaps not for the faint hearted, World Naked Bike Ride aims to protest against car dependency, while at the same time promoting body confidence. With various events taking place in London. Manchester and others, this is something not to be missed – even if you’re simply a spectator! Rumour has it there will be face painting and music too.

Cycling Fashion Show

June 28, 10am, Hertfordshire.

Organised by Well Hat Cycling, this cycling fashion show is sure to be a visionary crowd pleaser. The event will also include numerous stalls offering information and advice about local cycling facilities.

Pedal Power Festival

June 14, 9am, Cheshire

This event s a perfect start for beginner cyclists, kicking off with a traffic-free five mile bike ride to Crum Hill in Northwich, followed by a festival of stalls, music and activities throughout Northwich town centre. Get the family together for what is sure to be an enjoyable and rejuvenating day out for all.

What You Can Do to Support NBW

Looking to get involved? Bike Week 2015 are always looking for new event organisers to throw biking events in their local area. Why not organise a Buddy Up at work to get a group of colleagues cycling in together? Or arrange a Bike Breakfast or Social Ride? The chances are that others will be grateful for the opportunity, and you’ll feel good for doing something that benefits the whole community!

Bike Week 2015 can support you through every stage of hosting your event. Find more information here.

By Aimee Whitehill
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