Why should I ride a bike in Calderdale?
You don’t have to be a regular cyclist to enjoy the benefits of riding a bike. They’re a great way to get around, have fun & see your local area in a new light. They’re low-impact and it’s easy to learn, making bike riding a great option for people of all ages and abilities.
Replacing short car or bus journeys by jumping on your bike could help you to:
- Improve your physical health – anything from just 30 minutes of activity per week can help you to get fitter and combat many long term conditions
- Improve your mental health – studies show that increased physical activity can reduce feelings of anxiety and depression
- Save time – Riding a bike means you won’t get stuck in traffic, and could replace time spent in the gym or similar
- Save money – riding a bike is free! No more paying for petrol or parking
- Save the environment – riding a bike more frequently will massively cut down on your emissions
Don’t just take it from us; we’ve spoken to some Calderdale residents who have seen it for themselves.
It’s easy to get on your bike in Calderdale, but everyone is at a different point in their journey, so here are some resources to get you started no matter what your level is:
Learning to ride
- Check out our FREE 1-1 learn to ride and refresher sessions for adults. (currently suspended due to national restrictions)
- There are plenty of lessons for adults and children alike in Calderdale. During COVID-19 there have been changes to usual services, contact email@example.com for the most up to date information on training.
- There are resources online to help you too. This advice page from Cycling UK covers a lot of the basics, and this video is a good refresher of how to ride.
Choosing the right bike and equipment
- From commuting to off-roading, there are different bikes for different uses – find the right bike for you with this article from Bike Is Best.
- You’ll need to make sure your bike is the right size for you too. Cycling UK have produced a handy guide to help you pick one that fits
- You’ll likely need a helmet, lights, and other kit to keep you safe – here’s a checklist from Bike is Best to make sure you’ve thought of everything else you’ll need.
Borrow a bike for free with the Active Calderdale Bike Library
- The Active Calderdale Bike Library loan out bikes for free to any Calderdale resident. All of the bikes have been serviced by professionals and can be borrowed as often as you need. The library is currently closed - but we're working to open it up soon, and in new ways! Find out more about the Bike Library or watch the video we made to explain how it works in the meantime.
Buying a bike through a cycle to work scheme
- If you’re looking for a way to spread the cost of buying a new bike and equipment, a cycle to work scheme might be the option for you. Cycle to work schemes allow you to buy a new bike and the equipment you need with no upfront cost, the cost will be taken before tax by your employer. Ask your workplace if they have a cycle to work scheme in place to find out more.
Cycling around Calderdale:
We’re making it easier to ride a bike around Calderdale. If you’re riding to commute, get the kids to school, or just for fun, then we’re working with organisations and institutions across the borough to make it safer and easier for you.
- We’re opening up new cycling and walking lanes for you across the borough, read more about the plans in this release from CMBC.
- Our School Streets program has massively increased safety and air quality outside of our schools at key times – read more on school streets in this release from CMBC.
- Looking for some local routes? Cycle Calderdale have compiled some for more seasoned riders.
- Do you want to suggest some changes to make it easier and safer for you to cycle in Calderdale? Use the West Yorkshire Combined Authority's interactive map to log your ideas.