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Sign up to Love to Ride for a chance to win £500 towards a new bike

Central Bedfordshire Council is working alongside Love to Ride this Bike Month to get more people to choose cycling as part of their daily travel and exercise and encourage others to try it too.

There is also the chance to win £500 towards a new bike if you sign up to the Love to Ride free event. It doesn’t matter if you ride every day or haven’t been on a bike in years, you just have to set yourself a goal and achieve it – it’s that simple.

If you win, Love to Ride will also give £500 to either the Bikes for Key Workers or the Community Support initiatives. So you could be giving back to others at the same time as winning yourself.

Central Bedfordshire Council has produced a series of maps to help you plan your rides. They contain information such as National Cycle Network routes, on and off-road sections, local places of interest and the location of cycle parking.

The council also works with Sustrans, the charity which makes it easier to walk and cycle. Sustrans has produced online activities for children, with creative, active and interesting indoor and outdoor activities for all the family.

A limited number of reconditioned bikes are available through the recycling scheme, please contact travelchoices@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk for further details. Employers can also to sign up for the government’s Cycle to Work scheme to offer staff tax-free bikes at a 40% -50% discount from shop prices.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, executive member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said:

“This Bike Month we would like to encourage more people to enjoy the freedom of two wheels, by getting out for some fresh air to explore some of our beautiful routes across Central Bedfordshire.

“A lot of people in the area use a car to travel, but we want them to think more about how they get from one place to another, and if this could be done on a bike.

“Riding a bike has so many benefits for our physical and mental health. It helps combat stress and anxiety. It’s great daily exercise and is the best mode of transport to maintain social distancing and avoid congestion.

“With this competition running throughout June, there’s even more reason to give cycling a go.”

More details about Love to Ride the prizes can be found here: