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Cycle Forum February 2015

The next Cycle Forum will take place on Wednesday 25 February 2015. More details are available on the Cycle Forum webpage.

Love your bike

Love Your Bike

If you've left your bike feeling a little un-loved over the winter months, it's time to dust off the handlebars and give it, and you, some TLC!

Care for your bike and your bike will care for you. Like any machine, a bike will work better and last longer if you care for it properly. Get into the habit of checking your bike regularly - simple checks such as the A.B.C and M-Check can help you have hassle free riding and avoid repairs.

There are also events around the city which Birmingham Cycle Revolution, Centro and BikeRight! are holding to help rescue neglected bikes and bring them out of hibernation just in time for Spring. See what's on near you and give you and your bike a treat.

9 February: Birmingham University 'Go Green' Event

10 February: Aston University 'Go Green' Event

12 February: Bike North Birmingham Sutton Park after dark ride

15 February: Bike North Birmingham City Centre Ride

21 February: Bike North Birmingham 'Dr Bike', Kingstanding Leisure Centre

Throughout February BikeRight! are also offering free Bite Size Bike Fix courses around the city. Visit their webiste to book.

...and your bike will love you back

The benefits of cycling reach further than just helping you fit into your jeans. Remember, a healthy bike leads to a healhty mind!

Riding regularly can...

  • Improve your memory
  • Increase your problem solving abilities and creativity
  • Lower your carbon footprint
  • Reduce feelings of depression
  • Save you money
  • Give you a better night's sleep
  • Help you lose those extra pounds
  • Reduce the risk of suffering from a stroke, coronary heart disease, cancer and even diabetes
  • Set you up for a happy and productive day
  • Help alleviate stress and relieve anxiety

And best of all, cycling is a great way for you to enjoy time with family and friends and explore the great outdoors!

Share the love

For top tips on using shared paths whilst out and about on your bike, take a look at our 'Share with Care' guide.

New Year Revolutions

Join the New Year Revolution – Get cycling this January!

Birmingham Cycle Revolution is freewheeling into the New Year with a fanfare! In January we will be encouraging people to make some ‘New Year Revolutions’ to get on your bike, get fitter and save some cash. You could even win some great prizes as well! Anyone who logs 5 or more cycling journeys on www.birminghamcyclerewards.co.uk this January will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 4 £25 Bullring Vouchers, or some British Cycling goodies.

For those not lucky enough to get a new bike for Christmas or even own an old one, Big Birmingham Bike Cycle Centres will start appearing in January to provide the opportunity to try cycling anyway without having to buy a bike! Visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/bbb to find out about 5000 bikes which will be made available to Birmingham residents next year. The cycle centres will also offer lots of cycling activities for you to take part in such as led rides, cycle training and bike maintenance courses.

If you have already discovered the joys of cycling, perhaps you could resolve to help support the Big Birmingham Bikes project by signing up as a volunteer? Valuable free coaching and qualifications are offered in return for your time. Please email bigbirminghambikes@birmingham.gov.uk to register your interest in this.

So kick start your 2015 with a cycle revolution!

Coming soon

2015 is going to be full of exciting cycling opportunities. Here are some things to look out for, but make sure you come back to this site, or like us on Facebook to find out what else is on:

February is all about love, and that includes loving yourself and loving your bike! Look after yourself and commit to get healthier, love your bike – make sure it’s safe and road worthy. Bring a bit of love to your bike rides with special two-for-one Brompton hire for Valentine’s Day.

March is Big Pedal time! Between 2 and 20 March schools across Birmingham will be logging their trips in a virtual cycle race to compete with schools all around the UK. We’ll also be holding some ‘exchanging places’ events. We’ll have a lorry at each event so that cyclists can experience what a HGV drive can (and can’t) see from their cab, and likewise drivers can experience the difficulties of cycling near large vehicles.