The Borough of Bedford is a great place in which to

Cycle

but it is not just for sport or leisure.

The urban area is relatively flat and has an extensive cycle network of off-road and quiet on-road routes with signal controlled crossings of busier roads making it a
safe, convenient, quick and cheap

short distance
'door to door'
mode of transport

to get you to

Work
School
Shops
Railway Station

or to simply

Visit Friends

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It is also kinder to the environment and the excercise obtained keeps you healthy without going to the gym.

Cycling has increased in Bedford by nearly 90% over the last thirteen years with more than 18,000 residents (2018 Government statistics for Bedford Borough) currently riding their bicycle at least once per week and 30,000 at least once per month.

Although less people tend to cycle in the winter months there is no need to abandon cycling as with a little bit of preparation it is possible to safely cycle in the dark and cold.

More than 64% of journeys are less than 5km and 44% less than 2km. Many of these trips by motor vehicles can be made easily by bicycle at no cost using Bedford’s extensive cycle network. The network is expanding each year with a number of additions made during 2020 and further improvements expected in 2021 and beyond.

As well as saving you money, cycling also comes with a number of health, environmental and social benefits.

Riding a bicycle is like swimming, once learnt you will never forget how to do it but if you have never ridden a bicycle or have not cycled for some time and would like to regain confidence in today's traffic there are a number of training courses available in the area.

With the lighter nights and better weather of spring now with us there is no better time for those who are able to cycle to get that bike out of the back of the garage or shed. A little bit of preparation may be necessary - checks on the tyre's condition and pressure, brakes and chain oiling and at tne first opportunity start cycling along some of Bedford's relatively safe cycle network.

Let's make 2021 a 'Town of Cyclists' and Cycle Friendly Communities'.

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