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On your bikes – New health scheme to help promote cycling and walking

Free bike repairs are on offer in a new scheme to get more people in parts of Kingston cycling and walking to improve their health.

Kingston Council’s Active Travel for Health project, in partnership with the charity Sustrans, aims to help hundreds of people in Norbiton and Malden Manor put in more legwork and choose healthier ways to get about.

The project includes women’s and children’s bike clubs, bike polo, cycling safety and maintenance lessons, and guided rides and walks.

People can find out more about the project and bring broken bikes for a free service on:

  • Wednesday 18 June, 3.30pm to 6pm, Sheephouse Way Estate (outside Armeston); 
  • Thursday 19 June, 3.30pm to 6pm, Cambridge Road Estate housing office (Tadlow). 

Active travel (such as cycling or walking instead of going by car or bus) can have health benefits including preventing and managing coronary heart disease and type two diabetes. 

Councillor Julie Pickering, Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: 

“We’re excited about the scheme and are looking forward to helping more people to get cycling and walking as part of their daily routines. This kind of exercise is excellent for improving people’s physical and mental health and overall wellbeing.”

For more information about the project go to activetravelkingston.wordpress.com.

The council would like to hear from anyone who would like to get involved or volunteer with the project. Contact Louise Gold on 07879 809169 or at [email protected]

For more about cycling in Kingston go to www.cyclekingston.net.