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Riding the healthy route

Photo of Denzil sitting on his bike, parked up at the side of the road. He is looking at the camera, poised to cycle off. He's wearing blue jeans, black converse and peering through his glasses at the camera. It's a sunny autumn day.

Denzil's story

John, Denzil’s local practice nurse was a bit worried about Denzil. Denzil had diabetes and high blood pressure, and he needed a sustainable way to manage the condition. John had heard that Life Cycle UK offered activities to help people of all ages and backgrounds to improve their well-being by supporting them to cycle.


Chasing the Sun on a tandem

A silver tandem bike parked against the railings of a jetty with the blue sea behind

The Chase the Sun challenge took place back in June, and saw thousands of riders cycle 205 miles across the North or South of England - and Italy – chasing the sun from sunrise to sunset. Three amazing teams represented Life Cycle UK, including a team of visually impaired riders on the back of tandems, with sighted volunteers at the front. These incredible people are some of our Two’s Company project’s participants. One team member, Jenny, tells her story here:

Bike storage research volunteers needed!

A bike hangar on the street

One of Life Cycle UK’s Ride Leaders, Brian Edgar, is looking for volunteers to help with research he is doing on bike storage in the residential areas of our cities. Brian is hoping to talk to people who can help him understand the things residents take into account when thinking about storing a bike, and how this may affect their choice of transport. His project also includes a look at some examples of how on-street bike hangars could be used most effectively in the UK.

Life Cycle UK joins Glos Cricket for Cycle Sunday

Life Cycle's Dr Bike mechanic shows faults on a bike to a customer

Gloucestershire Cricket is delighted to announce that local charity partner Life Cycle UK will be offering a series of fun cycling activities on Sunday 25 July for “Cycle Sunday” at the Bristol County Ground. Life Cycle UK - whose mission is to get more people cycling, to transform lives and the environment - will be on hand to talk about their work with vulnerable people, and advise people who want to give cycling a go. 

Building community, one bike at a time

Jay (pictured above), is the founder, organiser, chief mechanic and everything in between, of Derby-based community BMX group, Ozzy Wheels. 

Jay has been BMX riding across the Midlands with family and friends for over thirty years. After making Derby his home and starting an ‘unofficial’ BMX club in the beautiful Osmaston Park in Derby, he realised that he had the skills and passion to create something amazing for his local community. 

How to cycle 205 miles in one day

Winding coastal road with a tiny cyclist in the distance.

Saturday 19th June 2021 was the longest day of the year – and also the day of the annual Chase the Sun event, which sees people of all abilities cycling coast to coast, from sunrise to sunset in an attempt to reach their destination before the sun goes down. This year we had three teams representing Life Cycle UK.  Malcolm was part of a team of volunteers from our Inclusive Cycling projects.