It is not often that a Bishop, Headteacher, Lawyer, Mayor and Police Chief, all decide to cycle on the same day. But the days are getting longer, an end to Covid restrictions is in sight, and MK leaders are choosing to Ride It Out.
On Monday 1st March, 20 leaders of faith, education and business organisations, rode their bikes to promote a month of Ride It Out cycling in a partnership between MK Council and Citizens:mk.
“I may be more of a walker than a cyclist,” said Cllr Peter Marland, Leader of MK Council, “but it is vital we move to more sustainable modes of transport and I look forward to getting out more on my bike in March.”
“It’s a no brainer,” said Rt Rev Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham. “I listen to children a lot during my visits to schools, and I know how important it is to them to see us doing what we can to reduce climate change.”
“This past year has been difficult for our pupils,” said Jo-Anne Hoarty, Headteacher of St. Paul’s Catholic School. “Encouraging them to enjoy doing things outdoors is important for their wellbeing.”
“We know how important it is to be physically and mentally fit,” said Rukhsana Malik of MK Muslim Association (pictured). “Cycling is a relatively cheap, exhilarating and easy way to get healthy while going places.”
“For years my political opponents have been telling me to ‘get on yer bike!’,” said MK Mayor Andrew Geary. “Well now I’m pleased to be doing it to support this great initiative by Citizens:MK. Cycling is great fun and it’s good for us too! Why not give it a try even if you haven’t done it for a while?”
In Ride It Out there will be four themed weeks, each with a different reason to ride and enjoy all the benefits that biking can bring. From the physical and mental benefits through to the fun and adventurous, Ride it Out will help people to get healthier and happier whilst helping the planet too.
You can join Ride It Out by registering at www.lovetoride.net/uk and share your cycling photos and experiences on Twitter: @citizensMK @mkcouncil @lovetoride_ @GetSmarterMK #RideItOutTogether.
Get ready for a long summer of cycling!