Bikeability Club Newsletter – July 2019

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1. Welcome

Thank you for signing up to receive this newsletter from the Bikeability Trust. We hope you find the content informative.


2. #OurBikesOurAdventure

This summer we are running a national campaign to encourage children and families to put their Bikeability skills into practice over the summer period, have fun and experience the great outdoors together. To help we’ve added content to the Cycle More section with a wider range of information for your family, including useful hints and tips, stories, instructional videos, signposting to other resources.

Do tag us in your cycling adventures this summer using #OurBikesOurAdventure. Over the duration of the summer we will be releasing survey results and handy resources to help you and your family to get out and enjoy two wheeled freedom.

And if you have a story that you would like to share, please do get in touch on social media or through contactus@bikeability.org.uk


3. Top Tip of the Month

Do make sure that any helmets that are being worn are fitted correctly – take a look at this short video for advice.

For other resources, including how to cycle as a family, and where to ride, please click here.


4. This month’s story

Cycling the length of the UK, aged 12
In April 2019, Bristol based Hannah Killick, 12, rode the length of the UK, Lands End to John O’Groats. With her dad Adrian for support, Hannah completed the 971 miles after facing over 44,000ft of ascent, gale force winds, in just 17.5 days. The ride was to in support of two charities; United World Schools, and Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal. Hannah set a target of £2,000 sponsorship, and absolutely smashed it raising over £5,000.

We caught up with Hannah after the ride to dig a bit deeper into her experience and some tips that she could pass on:

You’re now a very experienced cyclist, what is your best tip for less confident riders?
Practice makes perfect! Go out lots with an adult to gain confidence and don’t be put off by large lorries! Start on quieter roads/off road routes if traffic worries you.

How did you plan your route?
Dad planned the route partly based on the ‘safer route’ book and national cycle routes using Google maps to avoid main roads as much as possible.

Were there any tips from your Bikeability training which you were able to use?
I took my Bikeability training a few years ago and first cycled on the local roads with mum and dad when I was about 3 years old so I have been practising my road skills for a while. Positioning on the road, situational awareness and always looking, assuming that all other road users could do something silly or unexpected at any moment are the main things I think about regarding safety when cycling.

How was it adjusting back to normal life after four weeks on the road?
Being away for 4 weeks was weird and amazing. It was fine settling back in though because I eased back in slowly. Because I completed the ride so much quicker than we were expecting, we had a week to slowly make our way back down from Scotland in the camper. A mini holiday where I got back on my bike 2 more times, making sure I’d cycled over 1,000 miles. I was not tired at all, but when I started doing all my usual sports again after 2 weeks (running, netball, swimming, waterpolo) I did feel a few muscle twinges as I used them in a different way to the way they had been being used for 3 weeks. The campervan was a lot of fun and much more comfortable than our tent!

What was the biggest challenge during the ride?
The hills in Devon and north Scotland and the gale force winds on days 17 & 18. The best bits were cycling with dad every day and chatting lots, the beautiful landscapes of the countryside and all the animals I stopped to stroke on the way. The lambs were so cute!

Would you encourage others to do the same?
Yes! The charity page will be open until the 30th June. So far I’ve raised over £5,000 which I’m really proud of and which will make a real difference to both charities.

Hannah and her dad, en route!

So what is next for you?
I’d like to cycle across America! I also asked mum how long it would take to cycle round the world but she said that I would have to plan that trip by myself when I’m older!

So chapeau off to Hannah for an amazing achievement, You can still see the journey step by step on Twitter @12_lejog or visit Hannah’s blog.

For this and more click here.

We’d love to hear about your cycling adventures – share your stories, photos and feedback with us: contact@bikeability.org.uk


5. Challenge Yourselves!

The Prudential Ride London-Surrey 19 is the perfect opportunity for infrequent and younger cyclists to take part in their first mass-participation cycling event. And for families and friends to ride 19 miles together on traffic-free roads! It is open to riders aged 12 upwards. Under 16s ride for FREE! (and must be accompanied by an adult).

Starting at Sandown Park in Surrey, the ride takes in the final 19 miles of the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 route, going through south west London, and into the heart of the capital to the spectacular finish on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace on 4th August 2019.

On the 3rd of August you can also get the whole family together to experience the fun and freedom of cycling on traffic-free roads in central London with the Prudential Ride London FreeCycle.

And for all you further afield, take a look in your local area for similar events, we will showcase some in the next few editions of the newsletter.


6. Competitions & Offers

Well done to Paige, the winner of the second of 4 Carrera bikes has now received her prize and is enjoying getting out and riding in Bognor Regis!

The next draw for the on-going Carrera bike competition is: w/c 26th August 2019 and the winner will be announced within a couple of weeks of that date.

All those taking part in Bikeability (and their parents/teachers!) don’t forget you can access a free bike check at your local Halfords, also take advantage of the 10% off Halfords bikes and accessories, with vouchers available to download from here.


7. Sources of Further Information

Further sources of information can be found here.

Our pick from the last few weeks:
Cycling UK’s resources from Bike Week, including How Cycling to Work Changed My Career, Cycling and Depression, and Tips to help you cycle to school.

Happy Cycling.
The Bikeability Team.

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