Everyone seems to be getting on their bikes in Great Britain. Some are then crossing the channel and doing rather well in the Tour De France. The UK’s own Tour of Britain runs (rides? cycles? pedals?) from 15th to 22nd September 2013 and The Tour Rides event offers the opportunity for amateur riders to “follow in the wheels of the pros” to take in some routes inspired by the professional‘s race.
In the afterglow of the London 2012 Olympics, the government is also keen for us to ride off into a healthier sunset – and be a little greener in the process – by investing in cycling schemes up and down the country, with Greater Manchester lining up for £20 million.
The Business of Pedaling
Manchester already has a good cycling community, though improvement is always possible as this is a busy city with local commuters walking, driving and cycling from home and a large number of tourists doing similar from their hotels. Manchester also has a huge student population, many favoring the bicycle, along with the aforementioned business commuters who are combining the accessibility of train travel with their self-powered transport.
Enjoy the Ride
Taking the bikes to a new location (or renting whilst there) is a great way to see a city and your own selection of surrounding countryside at your own pace. In the UK, the summer could be an ideal time to take this option, especially a cycle-friendly city like Manchester, where the hotel may even have a bike rack !
In the Manchester area, there are numerous places to stop off on a tour:
- The Manchester Museum – their “how to get here” section even advises that by bike is one of the best ways to visit.
- The National Football Museum – for an in-depth look at another of the UK’s great sporting pastimes.
- The Chillfactore – an indoor snow activity centre, which provides secure bicycle storage too.
Venturing a little out of the city into the countryside is easy to plan with the specific resources of the Transport for Greater Manchester cycling website. Advice on bike maintenance and using your trusty steed for commuting are amongst the tips provided.
So, enjoy the summer in the city – or a tour of Britain with the whole family in tow!
This post brought to you in collaboration with Novotel.