A new £1m Government-backed campaign to encourage the nation to “dust off their bikes and ride more” was launched yesterday (12 Mar).
The ‘Big Bike Revival’, a programme of events to be delivered by CTC, is designed to help people cycle more safely and with confidence, by giving them the skills to fix and maintain their bikes.
Robert Goodwill, transport minister, said: “We are serious about getting people on their bikes. Cycling is great for our health and means less congested cities and less pollution.
“Now spring has arrived, there is no better time to bring out that bike gathering dust in the shed. The Big Bike Revival will help you sort out the punctures and minor mechanical problems that we have all used as an excuse not to get out on two-wheels.”
Paul Tuohy, CTC chief executive, said: “Knowing so many bikes are lying dormant gathering dust in people’s homes, the Big Bike Revival aims to bring them back to life and give people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities the incentive they need to re-engage with cycling.”
The Big Bike Revival will begin in May and will work with bike ‘re-cycle’ centres, which recycle second-hand bikes to get them back on the road.