Cycle for Health scheme supports people to get cycling during National Bike Week

Liverpool Community Health (LCH) NHS Trust’s Cycle for Health team are encouraging local people to get on their bikes for National Bike Week 2014.

Taking place from Saturday 14th June – Sunday 22nd June, National Bike Week is the UK’s biggest mass participation cycling event and aims to get more people cycling, more often.

As part of National Bike Week, LCH are encouraging its staff, patients and members of the public to get involved in local cycling events happening near them – either through the Cycle for Health scheme or any of the events listed on the Bike Week website at:

Gavin McLaughlin, Development Officer for LCH’s Cycle for Health scheme, said:

“Nearly everyone has cycled at some stage in life, but a lot of people tend to stop cycling as they get older.

“At Cycle for Health, we provide guided cycling sessions around Liverpool’s parks and green spaces, which we run year round in different parts of the city to help people of all ages to get active, or moving again after a period of illness.”

All of the Cycle for Health sessions last between 1 ½ – 2 hours, and are completely free to attend for anyone who is interested in learning to cycle, or wanting to rebuild their confidence on a bike. Bikes and equipment can also be hired free of charge.

There are many different health benefits to cycling. It’s a great way to keep active, to improve fitness and maintain a healthy weight. Cycling also helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes, lower blood pressure and stress levels, and improves coordination, balance and strength.

He added:

“During Bike Week 2014, we want to encourage people to come along and have a go, with professional support from our friendly team. Whether it’s just for fun or as a means of getting fit, National Bike Week is a great opportunity for people to get back on the saddle and rediscover the many benefits of cycling.”

If you think you would benefit from taking part in the Cycle for Health scheme, please call the Cycle for Health Administrator on: 0151 295 3256

Or for more information including routes and times available, visit:

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