For your health
- regular cyclists are as fit as a person 10 years younger
- physically active people are less likely to suffer from heart disease or a stroke than an inactive person
- cycling improves your strength, stamina and aerobic fitness
- cycling can also help weight loss by burning excess body fat
- regular exercise reduces stress and helps you to feel well
The Active Lifestyles and Health Trainers Services aim to help people in Hull become more active and develop healthier lifestyles. If you want to become more active, but are not sure what to do, or where to start, call the Active Lifestyles team on 01482 335 209 or the Health Trainers service (link opens in a new window) on 01482 617 912.
For the environment
- cycling is good for the local and global environment; cycling produces virtually no atmospheric pollution or noise
- 55 per cent of trips by car are under five miles long, with 25 per cent under two miles. Many of these journeys could be made by bicycle or walking.
To see nature in the wildlife corridors
When you are cycling or walking around the city, keep an eye out for wildlife that uses the network as a wildlife corridor. Many of the tracks are bordered by hedgerows, which many species of bird use as nesting and feeding sites. Some butterfly species also depend on various wayside plants as a key source of energy and as breeding sites.
If you spot anything unusual, please let the Hull Biodiversity Partnership know, as they can add your data to their wildlife records. Please contact Peter Lamb on (01482) 300 300.
To work… tax free
Cycle to Work is a tax incentive aimed at encouraging employees to cycle to work, thereby reducing air pollution and improving their health. The scheme allows employees to benefit from a long term loan of bikes and commuting equipment such as lights, locks and panniers completely tax free. Employers benefit from fitter, more punctual, more wide-awake staff. Employees benefit from better health and better bikes because their money goes further. The typical saving for an average tax-payer is between 38-45 per cent.
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There are currently 47 schools with safer routes to school facilities. The purpose of the safer routes is to encourage parents and children to walk or cycle to school safely.
We are committed to all schools having a School Travel Plan in place by 2010 and encouraging cycling as a healthy and sustainable method of travel to school plays a big part in this.
For more information please telephone (01482) 300 300, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Practical cycle training, to national standards, is provided by road safety officers and approved/qualified volunteers to Year 5/6 primary school children at nearly 50 schools within the city. On average, over 1200 pupils successfully complete the training every year.
If you would like cycle training at your school, or more details on safe cycling, contact us on (01482) 300 300.
To save time and money
Cycling combats congestion and over reasonable distances is often quicker than other types of transport, particularly during the ‘rush hours’. Evade rising fuel tax and motoring costs. A decent bike provides £100s of savings. Avoid car parking charges - cycle parking is free and widely available throughout the city. Traffic congestion costs British industry billions each year and pollutes the atmosphere.
- use the cycle map to help explore Hull and beyond
- access sport and leisure facilities including The Deep, The KC Stadium, Craven Park and local parks
- Hull currently has a BMX track at Trax (next to the Withernsea Trail) and four skate parks (Trax, Bellfield /Ings, Stonebridge and Oak Road Playing Fields). A cycle speedway can be found on Livingston Road, Hessle