Cycling is an easy way to travel and keep fit (Alamy/PA) It might be time to get pedalling as GPs are set to start prescribing cycling and walking as part of a trial in England that aims to help improve mental and physical wellbeing and tackle health disparities.
The Department for Transport have announced that £12.7 million has been given to 11 local authorities across the country to fund pilot social prescriptions that could include adult cycle training, walking groups and free bike loans.
Walking and Cycling minister Trudy Harrison said the activities have “so many benefits – from improving air quality in our communities to reducing congestion on our busiest streets”.
“It also has an enormous positive impact on physical and mental health, which is why we have funded these projects which will get people across the country moving and ease the burden on our NHS,” she said.
But, if you have never cycled before, or haven’t hopped on a bike since you were a child, it can be pretty daunting. So, what do you need to know before you do?
1. Make sure you are safe
Olivia French races for Storey Racing (storeyracing.cc/) and is a part of the SKODA DSI Cycling academy. She started cycling just over two years ago and has fallen in love with it.She says: “Firstly, before you have even left for your ride, you should always quickly check over your bike and kit to make sure everything is working as it should. There are loads […]