Cycling boom: The lockdown effect

Cycling is more popular than ever, with 53% of people using their bikes more frequently during the Covid-19 lockdowns this year, according to a Cyclescheme survey published to mark Cycle to Work Day.

The survey also found that Yorkshire and Humberside is the region with the most committed cyclists; 10% of locals cycle everyday compared to 2% of people in Wales and the South East.

Cycling is one of the cheapest and most sustainable ways to get around Leeds, with multiple health benefits including reducing stress and improving fitness. As lockdown eases, it’s a great opportunity to make cycling part of your daily routine.

The survey indicates that after the pandemic, people want to keep cycling for exercise, to improve their mental health and for everyday journeys. If we want the cycling trend to become permanent, we need to make Leeds more cycle friendly. So that’s exactly what we’re doing.

In response to the rising popularity of cycling, we are improving cycle lanes, providing free cycle training in schools and running a free electric cargo bike trial scheme for businesses. We’re making it easier than ever to cycle around Leeds.

Cycle to Work Day

Cycle to Work Day is a national event encouraging everybody to get to work by cycling. Whether you’ve never cycled before or you’re an Olympic cyclist, it’s a great opportunity to commute by bike. Give it a go and cycle to work on August 5th!

To celebrate, our BikeRegister team will be at Trinity Leeds Bike Park. BikeRegister aims to protect bikes from theft and helps the police reunite stolen bikes with their owners.

Visit us at Trinity Leeds, Albion Street near Boots, from 8am to 10:30am.

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