Bike Week in Hounslow 8 - 16 June

This year Hounslow is supporting National Bike Week, with an exciting programme of events, taking place across the borough.

Published: Monday, 3rd June 2019

Bike week 8 - 16 June.

The campaign aims to reach out to residents and those visiting or working in the borough with events for everyone to enjoy, showing how cycling can easily be part of everyday life. There are many health and environmental benefits of cycling – whether it’s for fun, as a means of getting to work or school, a trip to the local shops or just to visit friends. 

The Bike Week programme of events ranges from beginners classes for adults and children, to confidence building sessions and group rides. Particular highlights this year are; an illuminated ride taking place on Saturday 8 June, roughly following the boundary of Chiswick, for which riders are invited to dress up and ‘light up’ their bikes, also a Children and Family ‘picnic’ ride on Sunday 16 June which takes in the new cycle paths in Osterley Park.  The full programme of events is available on www.hounslow.gov.uk/cyclehounslow

Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport at Hounslow Council said:

“I hope that many of our residents will take the opportunity to try cycling this Bike Week and benefit from our ongoing programme of support thereafter.”

For some years Hounslow Council has been actively promoting cycling in the borough as a fun and sustainable mode of transport, which has many benefits for participants’ health and well-being as well as helping to counteract air pollution in the borough for everyone’s benefit.

Hounslow has seen a significant increase in the number of participants in their Adult Cycle training sessions over the past 3 years.  The programme which has been put in place, funded by Transport for London (TfL), set out to make it easier for everyone to access training, with a particular focus on reaching out to communities underrepresented in cycling. Participants on the programme are provided with bikes and helmets if they need them and there is a wide range of models available. The programme is currently adding a number of adapted bikes to its stock, to enable residents with disabilities to participate in their training programmes too.  Since the launch of the programme, the number of registered sessions that people have attended has increased from just under 100 in 2016/17 to 1,686 in 2018/19. 

The borough's cycling programme is based at a new secure cycle hub at Lampton Park as following the Hounslow Council's recent relocation of its Civic Centre from Lampton Road to its new premises at Hounslow House, the town centre location would not have been suitable.  Three large shipping containers, funded by Transport for London (TfL) have been sited in Lampton Park to securely store all bikes and to act as a meeting point for group rides and for cycle training, bike maintenance courses and Dr Bike surgeries.  The containers have been brightly painted with cycling murals to reflect the joy of cycling and to form a colourful landmark to raise awareness of cycling in the borough.

Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport at Hounslow Council said:

“We are tremendously proud of our cycling programme in Hounslow. It really has gone from strength to strength and it’s especially great to see so many people who previously never cycled, grow in confidence and really enjoy getting out and about by bike. 

“As well as being hugely beneficial to the individuals who adopt this healthier lifestyle, cycling supports our Air Quality Action Plan as a sustainable mode of transport that helps relieve congestion on our roads and reduce harmful emissions."

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