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Easy As Riding A Bike

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It’s cheaper. It’s greener. And it keeps you fit. What better way to start the working day?

It’s a common misconception that everyone knows how to ride a bike. Many have never had the opportunity to learn and others lack confidence. So are you interested in shedding and saving pounds?

Peterborough City Council’s sustainable travel department, Travel Choice, are re launching their popular Adult Cycle Training initiative in a bid to encourage people to get back in the saddle.

Not only is it very wallet-friendly, it is often a quicker way to travel, particularly during rush hour.

Adult Cycle Training offers a 90 minute lesson that is completely free. The sessions are adapted to suit the individual and range from the basics of balancing on a bike, to more advanced levels of navigating traffic and road systems like roundabouts. To make things easier, lessons are available in the evenings and weekends and the nationally certified trainers will come to a location that suits you.

Sustainable Travel Officer, Matthew Barber, says

The beauty of the scheme is that it can be tailor made to suit the individuals’ needs, from a complete beginner to a confident cyclist. The majority of people have tended to be more mature people who perhaps learnt 30 years ago, but have lost their confidence and are scared to go out on the road. However, we also get much younger people who want to ride to work and learn how to cycle safely in traffic

Aside from the environmental and physical benefits, cycling is an extremely practical way of travelling. Not only is it very wallet-friendly, it is often a quicker way to travel, particularly during rush hour.

Matthew also points out that Peterborough is a fantastic location to enjoy bike riding

Being a new town we’ve got a huge network of off road cycle tracks which many cities are envious of. In addition, a lot of our key destinations are really close, it’s quite flat, and it’s normally quite dry.

To find out for yourself, visit the website: www.travelchoice.org and fill in a quick pre-assessment form.

You can also call the Travelchoice team on 01733 747474 or email travelchoice@ peterborough.gov.uk

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