Cycling

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Cycling
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Our Theme of Sustainable Transport is all about encouraging walking and cycling.

Our Theme of Sustainable Transport is all about encouraging walking and cycling and recognising the additional health benefits of increased physical activity. Walking and cycling are great ways to get out and about and find out about your local environment. Leaving your vehicle at home cuts down on greenhouse gas (carbon) emissions and therefore reduces global climate change; reduces air pollutants; reduces noise and congestion and improves your ecological footprint. Walking and cycling also increases your fitness levels and improves a sense of wellbeing.

Cycling is a great way to experience the countryside and enjoy the outdoors. The feeling of freedom and closeness to nature is hugely beneficial to people’s wellbeing as well as the obvious health and fitness benefits of riding a bike.

We have 7 bicycles and 2 electric bikes available for community use. Our bikes are a community resource and we want them to be used by as many people as possible.

We want people to be able to use the bikes in a number of different ways and for a number of different reasons including: -

  • encouraging people to get back into cycling to improve health and wellbeing
  • to try out the practicalities of finding a safe cycle route to work as a means of sustainable transport
  • to discover the great cycleways, including the canal towpaths, available in Hyndburn
  • for people to try before they buy
  • encourage the idea that not all journeys have to be made by car
  • to help people join cycle groups and engage in activities to help build confidence on a bike
  • to reduce carbon emissions and pollution
  • to have fun!

To ensure the bikes are lent to people who will take care of them and use them for the agreed purposes we have a buddy/sponsor arrangement in place whereby the potential borrower is vouched for by a partner group or organisation who will verify the person and the reason for wanting the bike. The arrangement has to be booked in advance and the borrower will be able to borrow a helmet if they don’t have one of their own.

We want the bikes to be available for anybody who genuinely wants to give cycling a go for whatever reason, whether that is for

  • improved fitness
  • improved wellbeing
  • a lifestyle change
  • to spend more time
  •  with the kids 
  • as a cheaper alternative to car/pubic transport

The bikes will also be available for people to borrow to enable them to join in with organised cycling events and activities such as those run by Cycling Projects/Pedal Away and we will also be hosting some beginners cycling courses to encourage new cyclists and help others gain confidence.

Thanks go to our partner organisations who are supporting us on this journey – Lancashire County Council via Connect East Lancashire, Hyndburn Leisure via Let's Move Hyndburn and Cycling Projects through Pedal Away.

For more information contact: info@prospectsfoundation.org.uk

Be a Climate Change Cyclist

Our 2 electric bikes were purchased with a grant from Lancashire County Council via Connecting East Lancashire for the purpose of inspiring people to reduce their carbon footprint and to promote the use of sustainable transport. The bikes are great because they are easy to charge, just plug into a regular socket; they don't create emissions and the batteries can be recycled too so they don't pose a threat to the environment; they are equipped with pedal assist, so no more struggling uphill; and it's great exercise!

If you want to borrow one of the bikes to try out a route to work or to see if it might inspire you to start cycling (basic training will be given) then get in touch  info@prospectsfoundation.org.uk

There are lots of ways to get out and about cycling in Hyndburn. See below for a variety of cycle routes in Hyndburn and beyond:

The Windfall Fund has just funded Cycling Projects to run a 'Pedal Away' programme in Hyndburn.  This takes the form of beginner/ Back in the Saddle rides every Monday morning at 10.00am. For anyone needing to gain skills, learn gears, build confidence (& calf muscles!) and generally just wanting to have a fun ride. Starting at 10am from the cycle hub on Eagle Street, Accrington (opposite Tesco). We’ve got bikes, helmets, ride leaders and a big, warm welcome. If you’re thinking of coming along; just do it. Nick and Nancy will be there to help get you cycling. Bikes and helmets available or you can bring your own. £1 donation.

Please phone Nancy on 07469148245 or like them on Facebook Pedal Away Hyndburn HERE
For information on other cycling initiatives please see the following links:
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