With Cycle to Work Day 2016 approaching, Chris Cordwell, from Transport for Greater Manchester's cycling team, offers advice on how to plan for the big event.
The countdown to Cycle to Work Day 2016 has started, with the national event being held on Wednesday, 14 September.
It aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and bike to the office for at least one day and is a great opportunity to be active, top up your bike skills and try alternative travel. In the process, you’ll be helping to reduce congestion and lower pollution levels.
To enjoy the whole experience it’s important to plan ahead. Start by working out your route. Our on-line cycling maps will help you to plot your journey, pick out the cycle paths and locate any off road canal towpaths. If you prefer a map in your pocket, the cycling team will happily send you the required district – just email them. Don’t forget, the joys of cycling are often found from choosing the most scenic routes.
If you’re not an expert cyclist that doesn’t mean you should miss out. Our free adult cycling training courses cover a wide range of abilities and can give you the skills and knowledge to ride with confidence. Remember, a happy cyclist is always a safe cyclist. You may need lights if cycling after dark and wearing a helmet is always recommended, although whether to wear one is the personal choice of the cyclist. The great British weather will help you to choose your clothing, but remember you don’t need Lycra to cycle.
Before the day itself, pump up your tyres, oil your brakes and pack a puncture repair kit.
If you would like to give your bike a free MOT, pop down to Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre on Cycle to Work Day, from 11am to 3pm, and our experts will check it. You’ll also be able to get great advice from the cycling team.
Also, make sure to park your bike in a safe location. This could be at your workplace or in one of the fantastic Cycle Hubs across Greater Manchester.
To help make your day a fun and social experience, team up with friends and colleagues. If you’re an experienced rider, why not offer to travel to work with some friends from the office who are relatively new to cycling, to offer guidance?
Finally, make sure you enjoy and celebrate everything which is great about travelling by bike on Cycle to Work Day 2016!