|Cycle parking at The Cross, Worcester|
Friday, 30 May 2014
Bicycle Marking and Registration: 20% Discount for Push Bike! supporters. Following up on the Push Bike! article on how to protect your bike better, Push Bike! have negotiated a 20% discount with Retainagroup who manufacture the cycle marking kits used by West Mercia Police. To take advantage of this offer please contact Retainagroup direct on 01233 333000 and quote "Push Bike!" to get your kit(s) for £9.20 instead of £11.50. That includes VAT and posting and packing.
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Team Sapper (mostly ex-Royal Engineers) are collecting for Team Battle Back (supported by Help for Heroes) who provide adaptive support for wounded, injured or sick servicemen and women. They are cycling to London from the Team Battle Back centre at Lilleshall, Shropshire. They are also holding a Charity Curry Supper at The Bear, Bransford on 5th June. See the Team Sapper poster on the What's On page.
Monday, 19 May 2014
Whether it’s to boost your fitness, health or bank balance or to do your bit for the environment starting to cycle (or cycling more) could be one of the best decisions you ever make. Not convinced? Here are the top 10 benefits of taking to two wheels.
1. Get Fit. Cycling is a low impact exercise you can easily build into your daily routine to get you fit and tone and firm those muscles.
2. Lose Weight. Riding a bike is a great way to shed those pounds and especially as it puts a lot less pressure on your joints.
3. De-stress. Cycling helps reduce your stress level, sleep better and improve your overall mental health and sense of wellbeing.
4. Stay healthier. Regular cycling halves the risk of heart attacks, reduces cholesterol, blood pressure the chances of getting cancer and type 2 diabetes.
5. Live Longer. Regular cyclists enjoy a fitness level of a person that’s 10 years younger. There’s also evidence they live 2 years longer.
6. Save Time. For shorter journeys you’ll almost certainly get there faster than taking the car and its at least three times as fast as walking.
7. Save Money. Its worth spending at least £300 on a decent bike, but maintenance costs are low and you won’t have to pay for fuel or parking.
8. Be More Productive. On average cyclists take less sick leave, are more likely to get to work on time and are generally more productive at work.
9. Good for the Environment. At 2,924 miles per gallon a bike is a very fuel efficient form of transport, with hardly any air or noise pollution.
10.Most importantly, Its fun! It’s a great way to explore your local area, meet others and get closer to nature.
Sat 31 May
Postcode Anywhere Charity Ride
Norton Parish Hall. 4, 15 & 50 mile routes.
Tue 3 June
Pearl Izumi Tour Series
Professional races around Redditch Town Centre.
Sun 15 June
Malvern Three Counties Sportive
Three Counties Showground. 50, 100 & 160km routes.
Sun 22 June
Events organised by Honeybourne Bicycle User Group
Sun 29 June
Worcestershire Bike Ride
Sixways Stadium, Worcester, 18, 30 & 48 mile routes.
By Lyndon Bracewell
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
There’s been a lot in the Worcester News recently about bike thefts. Over 500,000 bikes are stolen each year in the UK. Less than 5% are ever returned.
So how can you better protect your pride and joy?
Bike Marking and Registration
It’s free to register your bike(s) on www.immobilise.com. UV pens are another cheap way of marking a bike with your postcode.
A better option is to security mark your bike and prominently display stickers to warn off potential thieves. It also significantly increases the chance of your bike being recovered if stolen. Companies offering this service include www.retainagroup.com and www.bikeregister.com
|Mark and register your bike|
The Safer Worcester team also provide advice and a guide with a useful proforma for record details and a photo of your bike. Tel: 01905 722321.
Bike insurance may be worth considering if your bike is valuable. The cheapest option is often to include bike(s) on your contents insurance. Having your bike security marked can also reduce premiums.
Locking Your Bike
There are three things to think about when locking your bike.
1. A good lock
2. Using it effectively
3. Lockation, lockation, lockation.
About half of stolen bikes are unlocked. If D-locks were used on all bikes its estimated cycle theft would reduce by 50-90%. When choosing a lock look for the ‘Sold Secure’ mark. This gives Bronze, Silver or Gold ratings depending on whether a lock offers 1, 3 or 5 minutes of resistance to thieves.
Always lock your bike to an immovable, unbreakable object. Avoid easily shattered drainpipes. The ‘Sheffield’ stands provided by the Council are usually the safest things to lock a bike to. Ensure there is as little room as possible for a thief to insert a bolt cropper or crow bar. Don’t just lock the front wheel, its easy for the thief to take the rest. Remember that two locks are better than one.
Always lock your bike in a well lit, busy location so potential thieves are more conspicuous. Never try to hide your bike down a dark alley. Its often the first place a thief will look.
Safe Storage at Home.
Two-thirds of bikes are actually stolen from or near to home. Using an unlocked garden shed isn’t a safe option. Ensure your shed or garage is secure and bikes are locked to strong anchor points on the inside. If you regularly leave your bike propped up against a wall install a ring-ended rawlbolt to lock it to.
Don’t assume if you live in a remote area or your bikes are well hidden they will be safe unlocked. Last year thieves followed cyclists on expensive bikes to find out where they lived and bikes were stored. They returned later to steal them.
By Lyndon Bracewell
By Lyndon Bracewell
Push Bike! now has a regular column in the Worcester News. Our first article (written by Lyndon Bracewell) was published on April 21st (see below).
Welcome to Push Bike!, the first of Worcester News’s regular cycling features. Over the coming months we’ll be bringing you news and information about local cycling events and how to get the most out of seeing your local area on two wheels.
Year of The Bike
Its official, Visit England has declared 2014 “Year of the Bike”. Yorkshire may be hosting the Tour De France, Northern Ireland the Giro d’Italia, but you won’t have to travel that far to see your favourite British and international cycling stars.
This year Worcestershire will be hosting not one, not two, but three major events on the national and international cycling calendar.
On Tue 3rd June the Pearl Izumi Tour Series and Women’s Grand Prix Series will be returning to Redditch. Both are televised professional cycle races around the town centre. www.tourseries.co.uk
Stage 4 of this year’s Tour of Britain will start in Worcester on Wed 10th September. The exact route has still to be finalised, but will pass through Malvern, Upton, Pershore, Evesham and Broadway, before heading south to Bristol. Team Sky are already confirmed along with teams from Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, United States and Russia www.tourofbritain.co.uk
Worcestershire Cycling What’s On
Luckily, you don’t have to be Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish or Victoria Pendleton to enjoy the delights of Worcestershire’s wonderful countryside from the seat of a saddle.
Whether you’re new to cycling, need a challenge to push you further or simply want to spectate Push Bike! has pulled together a What’s On Guide of over 30 cycle related events that are already publicised for 2014. We’ll be bringing you more information on these and other local cycling events through this column and on our blog.
You can get your free copy of the Push Bike! What’s on Guide to Cycling Events around Worcestershire by logging onto www.pushbikecampaign.org
Local Cycling Events in April
To get those pedals turning, here are details of local, cycle related events taking place before the end of May.
Wed 23 April 8pm.Talk at “The Hive’, Worcester by Rob Penn, author of the bestseller “Its All About the Bike” and a BBC documentary about the bicycle. The talk is free, but space is limited. To reserve a ticket Tel: 01905 822866.
Sat 26 April The Kidderminster Cycle Collectors Fair takes place between 10am and 1pm at the Forest Glades Leisure Centre. www.dcleisurecentres.co.uk
Sun 27 April Now a regular annual event the ‘Blossom Bikeaway’ offers a choice of fully signed 11, 16, 27 & 50 mile routes all starting from Hampton Ferry, Evesham. Entry costs £8 adult, £5 child & £20 family. All proceeds to St John’s Ambulance. www.wychavon.gov.uk
Sun 18 May The Malvern Views Sportive will start from Newent Sports Centre and offers 40 and 65 mile signed routes. www.ajbsportsevents.co.uk
Tue 20 May 8pm.Cycling guitarist Richard Durrant will be performing at The Fleece Inn, Bretforton www.thefleeceinn.co.uk
Sun 25 May The University of Worcester hosts a Children’s Youth Duathlon offering various running and cycling races for 8-16 year olds. www.worcestertriclub.co.uk
Sat 31 May Local company, Postcode Anywhere is organising 4, 15 and 50 mile bike rides to raise money for Midland’s Air Ambulance starting from Norton Parish Hall at 9.30am. www.postcodeanywhere.com/cycle