LCC's New Year Revolutions

Confident riding Credit: Jeremy Hughes

You can improve your health, do your bit for the environment and save money by cycling more. LCC is urging everyone to make a win/win resolution for 2008 and is offering a range of tips, as well as free downloadable booklets and free maps to get you going. 

1. Get your bike fixed up!

If you’re guilty of bike neglect, now’s the time to do something about it. Visit our Practical advice section for basic maintenance tips. Your bike will be much more fun to ride with pumped up tyres and a well-oiled chain.

Do the London Freewheel Mass Bike Ride

Central London streets will be closed again for this memorable ride in September. You have lots of time to decorate your bike, get prepared and join more than 30,000 others for London’s ultimate big bike ride.

If you’ve got kids, get them cycling for the New Year.

See our pages on cycling with children and cycle training by following the links on the right. If they’re still on holidays, it could be a great way to stop them getting bored.

Sign up for a charity ride.

Fancy riding from London to Paris, or cycling across India? Now’s the perfect time to get fit and support a good cause - plus a great time to have a holiday to look forward to. See our charity ride listings by following the link on the right.

Get your company cycle-friendly.

If you think your workplace is lacking in cycling facilities, now’s a great time to do something about it. Tell your employer about Transport for London’s Take a Stand scheme and apply for some free cycle parking, benefit from the tax efficient cycle purchase scheme (Cycle to Work), or nominate your company for LCC Corporate Affiliation – visit the Workplace section of this website under 'Advice' for more info.

Get involved with your local group.

LCC’s 33 local groups across London put on rides, social events and campaign on behalf of cyclists in their local area – why not join them? It’s a fantastic way to meet new people, get out on your bike and improve cycling facilities near you. See our local groups section for contact details and web links.

Get a friend or colleague cycling.

Not only will they be impressed by your bike knowledge, you’ll have great fun and they’ll be eternally grateful when they realise how easy, speedy and cheap it is to get around town by bike. Direct them to our Advice section for info on getting started, including what kind of bike to get.

Try out a new kind of bike.

Take a trip to London Recumbents and test-ride or hire a trike, tandem or trailer-bike. The best family biking this side of Amsterdam, according to Time Out. (London Recumbents, Ranger's Yard, Dulwich Park, London SE21 7BQ, 0208 299 6636)

If you’re not already a member, join LCC!

Members get free third party insurance, London Cyclist magazine delivered to their doors four times a year and more. Not only that, but your membership will go towards improving facilities, promoting cycling and making London a world-class cycling city. See our Membership section for more info.

More tips including free downloadable booklets and how to access free cycle maps can be found to the right of this page.