It’s National Bike Week

Bike Week 2017

National Bike Week (10th - 18th June) is encouraging over half a million of us to join in events, rethink everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around. Who remembers the Cycling Proficiency Scheme, started in 1947, and the enamel badge we were presented with after wobbling around the playground under the watchful eye of the local police trainer?

Cycling, dayglow and lycra have undergone a renaissance in recent years and cycling has become one of our most popular forms of outdoor recreation. Now the weather’s better why not get out and about on Scotland’s roads, trails and routes? Browse this map of Scotland’s National Cycle Network.

We can’t all channel our inner Sir Chris Hoy but cycling can be a great individual, family or group activityfor all ages. It’s a fun and fantastic low impact (except for the possibility of an occasional fall) way to improve your heart health.

Going along to a local cycling club, or to a  bike maintenance or training session is a great way to meet people, gain skills and fitness, and be social. There are a number of cycling clubs across Scotland but if you can’t find one near you then why not start your own in your community or at work? Head to ScotBUG to search for a local group or to set one up.

It doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby with reconditioned bikes widely available from charities and those bike do-er upper shops. 

It can also be free and accessible for people with additional support needs to enjoy cycling with schemes such as community bike lending libraries now available across West Lothian. Borrow a bike or explore training available. Contact hit@westlothian.gov.uk and 01506 775626 for more information about the bikes, adult trikes, adaptive bikes (suitable for individuals with a wide range of disabilities), folding bikes (which can also be used as adult balance bikes), and power-assisted bikes to borrow.

Don’t know how to fix a puncture? Visit Cycling Scotland's list of local cycle training courses or browse Bike Radar's bike maintenance tips.

Now almost everyone can get on a bike and feel the wind in their face as they ride along. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced rider, why not set up a cycle mapping app and log your miles into Living it Up’s popular On Yer Bike cycling Community Challenge?