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Biking for a better life

Environment Minister Jane Davidson has today urged Welsh families to get out on their bikes and make cycling a regular part of their lives.
Friday 20 August 2010
Environment Minister Jane Davidson with cyclists
Environment Minister Jane Davidson with cyclists
  • Families can access the tips and advice by visiting the Bike4Life section of the Welsh Assembly Government website. Alternatively, to receive copies of the leaflets by post, parents can email change4life@wales.gsi.gov.uk or call 0800 100 900 (or 029 2090 6801 from a mobile).

The Minister was speaking as the Welsh Assembly Government launched Bike4Life in Wales, providing tips and advice to encourage Welsh families to cycle regularly.

Bike4life is part of Change4Life, the campaign to help Welsh families eat well, move more and live longer.

Speaking about the many benefits of cycling, the Minister said:

“We know that adults and children in Wales should be getting much more exercise than they often do. As a keen cyclist myself, I would love to see more Welsh families getting out and about on their bikes.

“Cycling really is a fun way of getting a regular dose of exercise and is the perfect way for families to keep fit and have fun together. It is also a great way of exploring the beautiful Welsh countryside that surrounds us.

“The Bike4Life guides that we are launching today have a wealth of ideas to help families enjoy cycling, from working out the best equipment to buy, to tips on how to cycle safely. I would urge Welsh families to take a look at the advice and guidance on offer.”

Amongst the information is a voluntary scheme targeted at employers. The Cycle to Work Guarantee encourages employers who sign up to the Guarantee to implement simple, low cost measures to make cycling to work easier.

By signing up, organisations in Wales can show their commitment to helping their workforce become healthier, greener and more productive.

The launch of Bike4Life coincides with a major UK charity cycle ride that is making its way through Wales this week.

‘The Great Tour’ is a charity bike that will see individuals from the worlds of  sport, celebrity, charity, politics and science cycling all the way around the UK’s coast to raise money for good causes.

The tour will circumnavigate Wales’ beautiful coast between the 16th and 27th August, passing through a number of locations, including Holyhead, Machynlleth and Mumbles on its way.    

 

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