Find out how we’re promoting the benefits of cycling through our Summer of Cycling campaign.
Our Summer of Cycling campaign is aimed at encouraging everyone, no matter their age or ability, to explore the borough by bike.
We held the first Summer of Cycling last year (2019). The project was a massive success with thousands of people taking part in various events and activities.
This year (2020) the plan was to make the campaign bigger with even more going on but this has not been possible due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
But since lockdown though there’s been an explosion in the number of people out cycling and walking and taking advantage of the fantastic open spaces and the borough’s award-winning coastline.
So we’re holding a virtual campaign in 2020 instead of physical events, which just aren’t possible at the moment.
This involves sharing information online on local cycling and walking routes, advice and tips if you’re new to cycling, stunts and tricks from the Phoenix Detached Youth Project, guides on how to maintain your bike and information on where you can get your bike repaired or buy bicycles on a budget locally.
We’re also looking into whether it will be possible to hold online Bikeability training sessions with youngsters.
Look out for updates on social media using #NTSummerofCycling
North Tyneside and neighbouring areas benefit from an extensive network of traffic free routes open to cyclists. Many of these follow the routes of old waggonways and railways from our industrial heritage. There are also three major cycle routes in the region, NCN1, NCN72 & NCN10. With an expanding network of dedicated cycle paths appearing alongside major roads it’s never been easier to get around by bike, whether for work or leisure.
Visit our YouTube page for a video playlist showing some of the routes with more information.
There's more information on local routes here.
Kit up for the commute
Are you one of the many who’ve been inspired to cycle to work?
As we ease our way out of the lockdown never has there been a better time to consider cycling as a form of transport, whether to get to and from work, the shops or going out for leisure. More space Is now being allocated to cycling which will make getting around the borough easier than ever. Let’s remember too the benefits of cycling to both our physical and mental health. We can build exercise into our daily routine, spend less time stuck in traffic queues or looking for a parking space and save money. It’s so easy to get started too, all you need is a bike and some clothes you feel comfortable riding in. It’s also a great time of year to get into cycling with long hours of daylight and warm weather. As you spend more time cycling and see the savings build up you can then look toward equipping yourself for the autumn and winter months. Click on the document for some top tips to help you work out what’s necessary and what simply make cycling more enjoyable.
Second-hand bikes and workshops
If you don’t have the budget for a brand new bike there are a number of local and nearby charitable organisations offering sales, repairs and donations, including:
- Key Enterprises on the North Tyne Industrial Estate – call (0191) 270 1138 or visit www.key-enterprises.com
- Northumbria Youth Action, Hudson Street, North Shields – call (0191) 200 1234 or visit www.northumbriaya.co.uk
- Recyke y’bike, Brinkburn Street, Ouseburn – call (0191) 265 4197 or visit www.recyke.bike
- Watbike, Thorneyford Farm, Kirkley – call (01661) 825599 or (07918) 075187 or search ‘WATbikecycling’ on Facebook