500,000 celebrate summer of cycling as Bike Week launches

Bike Week 2015 runs from 13 to 21 June with the theme this year as 'Bike to Work'

500,000 celebrate summer of cycling as Bike Week launches

As Bike Week 2015 launches today at the Dutch Embassy (and runs 13 - 21 June), the national cycling charity, CTC, confirmed that over half a million people are set to take part in the biggest cycling event in the UK this summer.

Packed full of events and helpful tips on how you can make the simple switch to cycling, Bike Week 2015 demonstrates that cycling is a really convenient way to get around.

CTC’s Bike Week Coordinator, Jonathan Sharpe said: “With tens of thousands more bikes being brought back to life through CTC’s recent Big Bike Revival, we expect this year’s Bike Week to be an even bigger than before."

Whether it’s joining up with a bike buddy on your way into work, enjoying a bike breakfast before clocking in, or getting your bike checked over by a Dr Bike in your tea break, Bike Week is designed to show you just how easy it is to incorporate cycling into your day.”

Jon Sharpe, CTC's Bike Week Coordinator

Dutch Ambassador Laetitia van den Assum said: “Cycling runs in our blood and we are happy to share our national passion with the British. We are proud of the now well-established tradition that the Embassy hosts the launch of the annual Bike Week, as well as the start of the Parliamentary Bike Ride to Westminster. We have always been huge supporters of cycling in the UK, and will continue to share our expertise with our British partners.  From our long experience, we know that challenges sometimes seem unsurmountable, but they can be overcome. The progress that has already been made with cycling infrastructure in the UK is fantastic!”

MPs' public support for cycling

The launch of Bike Week at the Dutch Embassy will be the first major opportunity for newly-elected MPs to publicly express their support for cycling by joining the Minister for Cycling, Robert Goodwill MP, on the annual parliamentary bike ride to College Green.

Philip Darnton, Executive Director of the Bicycle Association, said: “The Bicycle Association has long been a sponsor of Bike Week, and, on behalf of the cycle industry, we are delighted to help fund this year’s 'Cycle To Work' celebration.  Short urban trips are often quicker and easier by bike – and the health benefits are free!  Over the past four years, cycling to the station, for example, has increased by over 4 million trips every year, with backing from Government, Network Rail, and train operators.  Now, with support from key national and international businesses for the ‘economic vitality’ which cycling brings to our communities, we look forward to Government promoting greater investment in cycling to make it an everyday reality”.

Ride & win!

As part of Bike Week’s move to encourage many more organisations to get involved, Love to Ride are inviting people and organisations from around the UK to take part in the first ever National Cycle Challenge (www.lovetoride.net). 

Sam Robinson, Love to Ride General Manager, said: “We know how good it feels to ride on two wheels and we want people everywhere to experience and share this feeling too. So we urge everyone to join the 1,700 organisations already registered into the National Cycle Challenge. You can ride anywhere, at any time, during the three-week challenge and there are great individual and team prizes up for grabs."

A summer of cycling

Laurence Boon, Marketing Manager at Cyclescheme said: ““There are so many cycling events taking place throughout this summer, cycling will be hard to miss. Whether it’s the Love to Ride Challenge, Bike Week or Cycle to Work Day, it is clear that the humble ride to work will be celebrated all summer”.

Public liability insurance, free to all Bike Week branded events has been funded by the bicycle industry through its Bike Hub levy. What’s more, it is now available all year, not just for the period around Bike Week itself.

For more information and to find out how you can take part in Bike Week 2015, visit www.bikeweek.org.uk 

Contact information 

CTC Press Office
Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

Notes to editors 
  1. Bike Week 2015 runs 13 – 21 June 2015. For more information visit www.bikeweek.org.uk   and follow us on https://www.facebook.com/NationalBikeWeek  and https://twitter.com/Bike_Week (using the hashtag #BikeWeekUK)
  2. Bike Week 2015 is delivered by CTC, the national cycling charity, in partnership with Cyclescheme and Love to Ride, as part of the European Union Intelligent Energy Programme. The project is also funded through Bike Hub, Cycling Scotland, and Travelwise Northern Ireland, and is supported by British Cycling, London Cycling Campaign, Sustrans, the Association of Cycle Traders and Cyclenation.
  3. More information about Love to Ride and The National Cycle Challenge can be found at www.lovetoride.org. Register into the challenge here: www.lovetoride.net/uk. Love to Ride are also working with Transport for London to deliver the London Cycle Challenge 8 - 28 June. More information is available at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cyclechallenge
  4. The MPs annual bike ride will set out from the Dutch Embassy at 9:15am on 10 June and finishes at College Green.
  5. The Bicycle Association of Great Britain Ltd is the national body representing the bicycle industry in the United Kingdom. More information is at http://bicycleassociation.org.uk/
  6. More information about Cycle to Work Day can be found at www.cycletoworkday.org.  
  7. For further information on CTC, the UK’s largest cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. These aims are to:
    • Provide expert, practical help and advice.
    • Support individuals and communities.
    • Protect cyclists’ interests.
    • Campaign to make cycling mainstream and to remove the things that stop people cycling.
    • Help people develop the confidence and skills to cycle.
    • Promote the benefits of cycling to individuals, to society and to the economy.
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