Northumberland County Council puts wheels in motion for Bike Week

The annual Bike Week campaign is encouraging people to get back on their bikes. Picture by Wavebreakmedia
The annual Bike Week campaign is encouraging people to get back on their bikes. Picture by Wavebreakmedia

Wheels are in motion to get more people on a bike.

The annual Bike Week campaign, which runs until June 17, promotes cycling and how it can become part of people’s everyday lives.

Officials at Northumberland County Council are raising awareness of a number of initiatives for people to rediscover cycling.

Active Northumberland has a cycle loan scheme for people over the age of 18 at £25 a month, run from Blyth Sports Centre and Cramlington’s Concordia.

Meanwhile, WATbike in Ashington offers free guided cycle rides for novices, as well as more advanced routes and rides for more experienced cyclists. It also sells reconditioned cycles.

Coun Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure, said: “Cycling is an activity which can suit all ages from preschool to pension age. It’s also great for your physical and mental health and for the environment too.”

To find out more about the adult cycle hire scheme, log on to www.activenorthumberland.org.uk and search the A-Z section for the cycle loan scheme, or call 01670 620200.

For further information about free guided cycle rides call WATbike on 01670 522111 or log on to www.watbike.co.uk