This project set out to increase cycle usage among Citizens:mk members and partners between January and July 2021. The broad aims were to reduce carbon emissions, improve personal health and increase social cohesion.
A project action team, with leaders from MK Green Alliance, MK Deanery, The Open University, was set up to promote and enhance cycle activities organised by MK Council, also create some new ones, The strategy was to:
- Get more organisations registered with Love To Ride
- Promote Ride It Out in March (target 200 rides)
- Promote cycle activities, including rides and bike fix stations, to increase participation. See CMK Cycle Round, Thursdays 5pm at Station Square.
- Create competitions for Cycling CitizensMK members, also secondary schools, during Love To Ride’s Bike Month in June
- Evaluate and report to MK Council.
Data from Love To Ride shows:
- From calendar year 2020 to 2021 (to end June), there was a 31% increase in cycle trips (from 1,011 to 1,322) and 39% increase in miles (from 9,630 to 13,405) among CitizensMK members.
- During Bike Month June 2021, CitizensMK members rode 10,808 miles in 728 trips, compared with 6,477 miles in 391 trips in Bike Month 2020.
- 7 secondary schools in our newly created schools competition (all newly registered with Love To Ride this year) rode 4,365 miles in 299 trips.
See Ride It Out Gallery of riders.
Ann Stewart of The Open University said: “I was becoming a COVID-19 lockdown coach potato so I dusted off my bike and ventured out on my local Redway. It’s the best thing I’ve done for ages! It makes me feel great and wakes me up in the morning. I discovered lots of new lovely places I didn’t know existed on my doorstep…and it trims my waist and legs (a major plus) in a gentle way. Count the smiles, not just the miles, on your latest adventure on your bike!”
More information below…
Get out and about with Get Smarter Travel MK – track your bus, join a bike ride, find a walking buddy. Travel smarter, healthier, cheaper and greener every day.
Access to Bikes
This scheme provides free bikes, helmets and locks to people who have been identified by professionals to be on a low income, unemployed, or socially disadvantaged. Recipients will benefit from this scheme as it allows them fair access to training, employment and opportunities to have fun on a bike, for health, wellbeing and social inclusion. https://www.getsmartertravelmk.org/cycling/access-to-bikes
Grants for Businesses
Workplaces can apply for a ‘Sustainable Travel Grant’ to help implement measures that increase travel to your organisation by active and sustainable modes. The grants up to the value of £1,000 will support plans that are in place to encourage more people in Milton Keynes to walk, cycle, scoot or use public transport, building on the rise of public participation in greener, people-powered journeys. https://www.getsmartertravelmk.org/work/travel-grants
Free Cycle Parking
Milton Keynes Council are offering free cycle parking for businesses. https://www.getsmartertravelmk.org/work/cycling-parking
And free Cycle Parking for schools. https://www.getsmartertravelmk.org/school/help-for-schools/apply-for-school-cycle-parking
Bikeability Cycle Training
MK Council offers a range of cycle training courses from learn to ride, confidence building, through to advanced cycle training – the courses are fun and educational and they’re for everyone, regardless of age or ability https://www.getsmartertravelmk.org/cycling/skills-training
eCargo Bikes for businesses
MK Council is helping businesses transition to cleaner greener transport, and has 12 amazing ecargo bikes to hire out. Not only does it boost businesses green credentials – but it supports a healthier happier workforce too https://www.getsmartertravelmk.org/cycling/e-cargo-bikes
MK Council offers free hire of e-bikes. The bikes will be available to hire for 4 weeks so that people can discover the joy and benefits of an electric assisted bike. The hope is that 4 weeks is enough to change a habit and people may go on to purchase an e-bike afterwards! https://www.getsmartertravelmk.org/cycling/access-to-bikes
Get Around MK website
For information and inspiration to help people get around MK, including an A-B journey planner for walking, cycling and passenger transport so you can easily plan your routes. https://www.getsmartertravelmk.org/journey-planner#/ and an interactive map with various clickable layers showing Redways, EV charging points and Cultural Routes.
For information about all MK Council’s cycle activities, go to www.getcyclingmk.org.
For details of other rides you can join, see: