Liverpool City Region residents can celebrate the mental health benefits of cycling at a free event on Sunday (13 May).
Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May), bicycle hire scheme Bike & Go is hosting a ‘Cycle to the Sands’ bike ride, mindfulness session and picnic.
Participants have until 4pm this Thursday (10 May) to register for the three-hour session, which will begin at the meeting point of West Kirby Station on Sunday at 10am.
Attendees will be allocated a Bike & Go bike free of charge for the ride, before cycling to Thurstaston for refreshments and then on to West Kirby beach for a mindfulness taster session followed by a picnic.
According to research published in the journal Preventative Medicine, people who walk or cycle to work benefit from improved mental wellbeing compared to those travelling by car.
Ahead of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which will focus on stress and how to cope with it, Bike & Go director David O’Leary says: “We’ve long been banging the drum about the direct correlations between cycling and improved mental health, so we’re delighted to support Mental Health Awareness Week in such a fun way.
“We’re inviting all members of the community to experience the mental health benefits that cycling can bring, while making new friends over coffee, cake and a spot of meditation too.”
To secure a place on the Cycle to the Sands event email Lorna Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.