Halton and Knowsley residents urged to get on their bikes as part of a health, wellbeing and employability drive

Halton and Knowsley residents urged to get on their bikes as part of a health, wellbeing and employability drive.

A series of free cycling courses, training sessions and rides are hoping to encourage residents, employers and employees within Halton and Knowsley to make fewer car journeys in order to lower congestion and pollution and improve health and wellbeing of the local residents.
The courses and events, to be delivered by cycle training provider BikeRight!, and cycling charity Cycling Projects, on behalf of Halton and Knowsley councils has been funded through the Liverpool City Region STEP Revenue funding and supports the Government Growth Deal via the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

There will be a focus on training and confidence building for cyclists, bike safety and maintenance, led rides and community and business road shows. Local businesses will be helped to encourage staff to participate in healthier commutes to and from work by provision of free cycling road shows, led rides and Dr Bike clinics. 

Courses can be booked on-line on BikeRight!s website or by calling their Liverpool office on 0151 207 3140.  A number of cycling hubs have been set up to support the project, people attending the courses can borrow bikes and helmets if need be.

Cycle hubs are located at:

  • Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Huyton
  • National Wildflower Centre, Huyton
  • Halewood Environment Centre, Halewood
  • Phoenix Park, Runcorn
  • Town Park, Runcorn
  • Catch Café, Spike Island, Widnes

Organisations interested in running cycling activities for their workforce should get in touch with BikeRight! to ask about the informative Dr Bike sessions and road shows that are available.

BikeRight! has a strong track record of delivering successful bike training sessions in Merseyside, having provided courses for hundreds of local residents in Everton, Kirkdale, Garston and Speke as part of the Choose Freedom project and delivering Merseytravel’s Bikeability scheme in local schools.  Cycle maintenance and adult cycle training courses are also provided across Merseyside. 

Liz Clarke, Managing  Director of BikeRight! says, “Merseyside is very serious about encouraging more cycling amongst its residents, to promote healthier lifestyles and improve job opportunities. The work we have done with our partners across all boroughs of Merseyside and on behalf of Merseytravel is a testament to this.

“We are excited about implementing this cycling programme in Halton and Knowsley, giving local residents, employers and employees the opportunity to contribute to healthier, greener and more prosperous communities.”

Mick Noone, Operational Director for Highways, Planning and Transportation from Halton Borough Council comments, “The residents of Halton and Knowsley have a great opportunity to access a number of cycling training and led ride activities in conjunction with new cycle infrastructure linking the two districts together. This not only helps promote sustainable travel to work and education opportunities but helps our borough’s residents to lead healthier lifestyles.” 

For more information about the project go to www.bikeright.co.uk/merseyside/knowsleyhalton/ 

Notes to editors

As part of the Liverpool City Region transport deal, Halton Borough Council and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council commissioned BikeRight! and Cycling Projects to implement a cycling project across the two boroughs to encourage behavioural change from car to bicycle and to encourage us of the new local cycling infrastructure. The project is funded by Liverpool City Region’s Sustainable Transport Enhancement Package (STEP) revenue funding, and supports the Government Growth Deal and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Liverpool City Region Growth Deal FundingThe project is to receive up to £90k of funding up to March 2017. In March 2014 the Liverpool City Region LEP secured a total of £232m of Local Growth Fund from the Growth Plan that was submitted to Government. This Plan outlined an ambitious vision of unlocking the region’s potential with the long term goal of achieving economic growth and job creation. For more information visit https:/www.liverpoollep.org/economic-strategy/growth-deal/ 

BikeRight! was established in 2003 and has grown into a successful, thriving cycling development business. Every year the organisation trains over 20,000 individuals using a pool of National Standard accredited instructors, making it the largest cycle training organisation in the UK.

Cycling Projects has brought cycling into many people's lives since it was registered as a charity in 1991. Since it started, it has have become increasingly involved in cycling related training, bringing cycling to disabled people, encouraging people with poor health to take up cycling and working with excluded communities to help them make cycling part of their lives.