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Council encourages residents to get pedalling this December

Council encourages residents to get pedalling this December

03 December 2020
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To coincide with Winter Wheelers this December, Wokingham Borough Council has today officially launched its interactive cycle map that will help residents find appropriate cycle routes around the borough.


The interactive map, which can be found on the council’s My Journey website, shows routes both on and off road, as well as helpful information like places to securely lock up your bike.


The council hopes that the new map, together with new cycling infrastructure, including on London Road in Wokingham and the new relief road Observer Way in Arborfield, will encourage residents to sign up this year for Winter Wheelers.


The council have teamed up once again with Love2Ride to promote their cycling advent calendar for adults, offering discount codes for Proviz, Beryl and Loffi as a reward to those residents logging a ride between 1 and 25 December, as well as chance to win a brand new e-bike.


The council’s previous challenge, Cycle September, was extremely popular with 238 residents taking part. This was a 63% increase in signups compared to last year, with total of 41,261 miles cycled throughout the month. A total of 1,305lbs of CO2 was saved based on the same distance being travelled by car instead - enough energy to recharge a smartphone 75,000 times.


Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways said, “Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways said, “The number of people taking up cycling this year has been inspiring and has encouraged me to get out on my bicycle, exploring the cycleways and feeding back on any problems I may find. We continue to put infrastructure in place, together with classes, bike servicing and now our new interactive map, to help support those resident who want to get on their bikes


“Riding in the winter may not seem as appealing as a ride around the borough in the summer sun but with the right clothing, equipment and guidance, riding in winter can be just as much fun and even more rewarding. It’s great to improve your physical fitness as well as your mental health and wellbeing during these difficult times.” .” 


The council’s My Journey team continues to train new cyclists across the borough, having adapted courses to ensure social distancing. 814 children have attended the council’s bikeability classes since April, with 320 of those being trained between July and September despite limited access to schools and smaller groups due to the current situation.

Doctor Bike sessions, where the council offers free bike checks for residents, have continued to prove popular this year with 116 bikes being checked so far this year around the borough.

To find out more about the council’s new interactive cycle map click here and to find out more about My Journey’s bike class, Doctor Bike or Winter Wheelers visit the My Journey website

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