Sustrans has released ‘Free Your Bike’, a handy guide aimed at encouraging people to get out on their bikes over the Christmas and New Year break by taking advantage of the miles of National Cycle Network.
The free guide is suitable for the solo cyclist, couples and families, and as well as infomation about routes also offers safety advice and top tips for bike maintenance. The packs are tailored to specific regional areas, and include suggestions for short or long rides along the Network’s traffic-free railway paths, canal towpaths, coastline and woodland.
Susie Lea, Co-ordinator of Sustrans’ Active Travel projects, says: “January can often be a bleak month following the build up of Christmas and New Year celebrations, not to mention the dreaded ‘Blue Monday’ on 25 January which is deemed to be the most depressing day of the year. By cycling and walking to keep active during the cold season, the chances of feeling down in the dumps are greatly reduced.
“Surveys show that physically active people feel happier and more satisfied with life, so for anyone feeling the post-Christmas strain and in need of an inexpensive day out, try dusting off an unused bicycle or show off a new one to enjoy a leisurely ride along the many scenic routes on the National Cycle Network.”
Get your free pack now from www.freeyourbike.org.uk