More than two million adults in England are now riding bikes at least once a week, the latest results from Sport England’s Active People survey revealed.
Cycling is now the third most popular sport in England. The news also means that British Cycling has achieved its 2013/14 Sport England participation targets.
Results, released in December 2013 show that the increase in cycling from April to October 2013 is
at 137,000 - which is over three times more than during the same period in 2012.
Welcoming the news, British Cycling’s Chief Executive, Ian Drake, said: “We’re thrilled with today’s results. The fact that we’ve grown regular cycling numbers three times more this summer than during the summer of London 2012 shows that our legacy of increased participation is really kicking in.
“Most of the increased demand for cycling has come from people doing recreational cycling, road
cycling, and mountain biking. The support we have had from our members, our principal partner Sky, Sport England and Local Authority partners in achieving these results has been amazing and we are confident that these newly-converted cyclists will have the dedication to stick with their bikes during the winter months”.
“The continued high profile of cycling across Britain – thanks to the successes of the Great Britain
Cycling Team and our network of local, accessible cycling opportunities for sport, fun and fitness – are inspiring thousands of people and we remain ambitious to grow cycling even further over
the next three years.”
This was helped by East Staffordshire Borough Council’s partnership with British Cycling in offering Sky Ride Local Rides across East Staffordshire earlier this summer. This 15 ride programme saw
participation increase by 41% over the same programme in 2012.
Councillor Bernard Peters, Deputy Leader for Service Commissioning, said: “These results are incredible. We knew it would be popular but little did we know when we became partners with the Sky Ride programme that it was going to be as successful as it has. Through the Healthy Borough
initiative the Council is committed to offering programmes to improve the health and wellbeing of its residents. We are happy to say that we will be continuing this fantastic partnership throughout 2014.
To coincide with the success of this partnership the Council unveiled its new Adapted Cycling
Centre. This project, launched in summer 2013, saw 16 brand new adapted bikes and 16 non adapted bikes available for hire at Shobnall Leisure Complex. The bikes available offer disabled people the opportunity to join in this fantastic sport by either riding or being transported on a bike”.
For more information on Sky Ride Local visit www.goskyride.com and continue the cycling legacy.
For further information regarding the Adapted Cycling Centre please visit our website on www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or contact Shobnall Leisure Complex on 01283 508180.