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Conwy County residents urged to cycle into summer

Families in Conwy County are being encouraged to use their pedal power and get active this summer with the launch of a new cycling programme.

The summer cycling scheme, which runs from 31 July, encourages people of all ages and ability levels to lead healthier lives by signing up for sessions, including:

Cycle training: These sessions will help children aged 10-14 to get active, allowing them to learn how to ride safely on the road and help to understand the Highway Code. It costs £3 per session.

Mountain biking: The best way to explore the outdoors, discover orienteering, time trials and learn about basic bike maintenance. Participants must be aged over 10 and it costs £40 for a four-week course.

Evening Family ride: This ride is suitable for the whole family and there will be a limited number of electric bikes available. It costs £3 per session.

Mel Glover, who signed up for the cycle scheme in May said: “The cycling sessions are a great way to keep my fitness levels up.”

“I attend the studio cycling sessions and I find that it is not only about getting health benefits, said Mel, “It is also a great way to meet new people and have fun along the way.”

‘I would urge anyone thinking of taking up cycling to sign up and try something new this summer.”

The cycle scheme, which launched at Prom Xtra in May, is being funded by the National Charity Partnership – a partnership between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco – and provided as part of Conwy County Borough Council’s “Ffit Conwy” campaign.

Tim Ballam, Rural Leisure Officer for the council, said: “We are really looking forward to getting this summer programme underway so that we can encourage families to get active together. The cycling scheme has already proved very popular in the area and it is a fun and social way to keep healthy, so we hope to see lots of families join in with these new sessions.”

Matthew McKee, prevention programme manager for the National Charity Partnership added: “Being active and cycling is an effective way to reduce your risk of developing conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease.

“With millions of people currently living with these serious conditions and many more at risk, we hope this programme will give families in Conwy County the opportunity to get on their bikes, have fun this summer and look after their long-term health.”

The National Charity Partnership is running a campaign, Let’s Do This, to support adults to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease by taking small steps towards healthier lifestyles.

As well as funding the programme to inspire more people to get cycling, the partnership’s online 8 Week Challenge encourages people to set and monitor their health-related targets and encourages them to stay motivated and achieve their goals.

To find out more about the cycle programmes in Conwy County, visit www.lets-dothis.org.uk.