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Cycle scheme brings pedal power to Conwy

Families in Conwy County are being encouraged to dust down their bicycles and get active this summer with the launch of a new cycling scheme.

The cycling programme encourages people of all ages and ability levels to lead healthier lives by signing up for sessions, including:

Pre-pedal: These sessions will help children get active from a young age, allowing them to learn the basics using balance bikes. The pre–pedal sessions are suitable for children under 5 years old.

Fitness Studio: The best way to progress your cycling. Participants will ride a static bike in a group environment and the first three classes are free.

Family ride: This ride is suitable for the whole family and there will be two sessions taking place every week in August. Free bike hire and helmets are provided.

The cycle scheme, which will be launched at Prom Xtra on 13 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 programme underway so that we can start to make a difference in Conwy County. There is already a lot of interest in cycling 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 the cycling 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 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