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A celebration of everyday cycling!

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Cycle to Work Day is a national event held on 3rd September 2015. It aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for at least one day.

According to the census data, 760,000 people in the UK cycle to work regularly – this number keeps growing steadily, but with Cycle to Work Day’s help we are aiming to make those numbers skyrocket this year and beyond! By 2021, we hope to see one million people regularly commuting to work by bike.

WIN PRIZES FOR CYCLE TO WORK DAY

Cycle to Work Day is a national event, which aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for just one day. It’s on 3rd September this year, and you can pledge your miles by visiting www.CycleToWorkDay.org.

There’s the chance to win some fantastic prizes too:

  • Pledge now to ride on the day at www.CycletoWorkDay.org and be automatically entered to win one of three Claud Butler bikes and other bike goodies.
  • Enter the 12 Day Prize Countdown. It starts on 24 August, just follow Cycle to Work Day onFacebook and Twitter to take part.
  • Last but not least, you can enter another exclusive draw to win a Claud Butler bike by sharing a photo you on your bike on 3rd September using the #CycleToWorkDay hashtag.

Don’t forget, cycling to work is great for your health, saves you money on travel and is a great way to de-stress at the end of a long day! If you don’t normally cycle, why not hit the streets on September 3rd feeling safe in the knowledge that you’ll be one of thousands experimenting with 2 wheels and riding to work that day!

TREAT YOUR BIKE TO A FREE HEALTH CHECK

Free Bike Health Checks are available between 24 August – 4 September. Hundreds of local bike shops across the UK are offering the check to celebrate Cycle to Work Day – think of it as a MOT for your bike. A trained professional will assess your trusty steed and give it a simple rating of either Green, Amber or Red. As you might expect, Green indicates your bike is in tip-top condition, Amber or Red means it is advisable to book your bike in for a service before you tackle your commute – safety is paramount!

Find our good friends Broadgate Cycle Stores on the list of local participating retailers offering this service: www.cycletoworkday.org/retailer-finder

We Add Cycle Storage Facility

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We now offer a safe place for staff & customers to store their bikes with our new storage facilities. We are looking to encourage more people to cycle to work with the new cycle storage, as cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK – and after the success of the British leg of the Tour de France, no doubt a new wave of cyclists will be inspired.

Working with local family run business, Broadgate Cycles in Penwortham, we have equipped the area with safe secure racks for people to locate and lock their bikes too, which is also in a secure locked area for extra peace of mind.

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Why did we look to provide cycle storage?

We noticed an increase in visitors enquiring and also arriving on their bikes, we thought it was only right to provide them with somewhere safe to keep their bike. With Preston’s Guild wheel on our doorstep as well as a host of other cycle paths and routes, we are very much at the heart of the national cycle network it has made us extremely accessible for cyclists.

What is the Guild Wheel? 

A 21 miles of greenway around Preston opened to celebrate the 2012 Guild. The new route circles Preston, linking the city to the countryside and river. Highlights of the route include the section of the route along the river from Preston Docks to Brockholes Nature Reserve by the M6.

This circular cycling and walking route takes you on a tour of the parks, rivers, docklands and countryside around Preston in Lancashire. Route highlights include the delightful Avenham park with its riverside gardens and a stretch along the Riversway Docklands and Marina. There are also long waterside sections along the River Ribble and a visit to the peaceful Brockholes Nature Reserve.

To find out about all cycling routes in Preston please visit Lancashire County Council – cycle routes in Preston. We have also added a number of popular cycling routes in Preston, which can be downloaded from the documents section.

We would like to thank Dave Butcher & Dave Wilson from Broadgate Cycles in Penwortham for all their help and assistance and to working with them closely in the future.

Who are Broadgate Cycles?

They care passionately about every element of their business, your cycling requirements and the community. This passion has been in their DNA since we opened our doors in 1950.

Broadgate Cycles is popular with professional athletes, club cyclists and cycle enthusiasts looking for performance bikes. A quick view of their website and you can see some of the leading specialist brands they have in stock. In addition, David Wilson, a co-owner, has a UK reputation for his technical engineering ability and is on hand all week to offer advice on the real serious stuff.

 

 

Sky Ride Local in Preston returns Sunday 6th July

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Not cycled for a while and looking for an easy way to get back in the saddle? Fancy a fun way to get your friends or kids riding? Our Easygoing rides are great for building confidence for all abilities and ages along relaxed, mostly traffic-free routes. They’re up to six miles long, with a gentle pace of around six miles an hour.

This Easygoing four mile ramble explores the woodsy surroundings of the River Ribble, south of Preston. Starting and finishing at Frenchwood Recreation Ground, it’s a circular route on traffic-free shale paths, making it a family-friendly ride. No ride is complete without a cake stop, and it just so happens that there’s an excellent tea shop en route. If you and the family have ever wanted to explore the Ribble by bike, then here’s your chance!

To find out more please go to: Sky Ride working with British Cycling or to our event page

Lancashire Markets set to return!

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Preston City Centre’s about to look bloomin’ marvellous as the ever-popular Lancashire Market returns to Friargate & Orchard Street on Saturday 17th August 2013.

The Market, funded and organised by the city centre’s Business Improvement District (BID) is the biggest Easter event to date, with more than 100 quality local producers offering the very best of Lancashire food, drink, gift & crafts.

With ever-increasing numbers of people both trading and visiting the Lancashire Market, Preston city centre has something unique to offer this Easter Weekend. Mark Whittle, BID’s event manager said: “Several towns regionally host markets, but no one does what we do, on this scale, which is why it’s proved to be ever so popular. We take the best that Lancashire has to offer and promote that as far and wide as possible.”

He added: “More than 340,000 people have visited the Lancashire Market since they began in 2010, travelling from all over the North West; proving there’s a healthy appetite for family friendly events that offer quality local produce”.

Patrons will have the opportunity to sample & purchase everything from artisan breads, locally produced cheeses, fresh meat, handmade chocolates, locally grown fruit & vegetables, honey produced up the road and much much more. The event is free to attend and all Lancashire Market visitors will be offered a discount voucher booklet with money saving coupons for businesses across Preston city centre

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What is the Lancashire Cycle Challenge?

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The Lancashire Cycle Challenge is a fun, free competition to encourage your colleagues to remember the joys and benefits of riding a bike. There are lots of fantastic prizes on offer to tempt your team; from cinema tickets and local restaurant vouchers, to bike gear to support your cycle journey.

How it works

It’s all about participation – which workplaces can get the most people to ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more?

Lancashire businesses will compete against each other to see who can get the most staff to ride a bike between Monday 17 June to Sunday 7 July.

It’s not about who can cycle the most miles, but who can encourage the most people to give cycling a go.

Recruit workmates to ride a bike to climb up the leaderboard and win the Challenge. People only need to cycle for 10 minutes or more! It’s easy and fun!

 

To sign up! Follow the link: Love to Ride Lancashire

More information: Challenge for Change Website

Getting involved in National Bike Week 2013

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This year Cotton Court Business Centre are getting involved in Bike Week is the UK’s biggest mass participation cycling event, with almost half a million people participating at events across the country.

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Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by making ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to the local shops, school, the library or just to visit friends.

Follow as our staff get involved Cotton Court Twitter #CottonCourt #JonRides #BikeWeek

For more information: British Cycling Website | Bike Week Website

Cotton Court wins Bronze Green Tourism Award

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We are proud to announce that we received Bronze Award from Green Tourism for our continued commitment to sustainability.

This year we plan too:

Continuing our efforts into 2013, and are always for looking for new ways to further improve our practices. We already have a number of changes and schemes planned for this year, including:
– Offering our customers a Fairtrade refreshment option
– Using locally sourced food and catering, thus reducing food miles
– Promoting use of car sharing, public transport, walking and cycling
– Continue our drive to reduce, reuse and recycle!

This award recognises our compliance in keeping our premises and surrounding areas clean and tidy, recycling, and reducing our Co2 emissions. In 2012, we have installed water saving devices in all toilets, reducing our water consumption by 30%; promoting the use of stairs instead of the lift – walking up the stairs just 2 minutes per day burns approximately 20 calories and helps the environment.

Stay up to date with our changes on Twitter: Follow us @CottonCourt

 

Cotton Court Wins Eco-Excellence Silver Award!

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We are proud to announce that we received silver Eco-Excellence Award from Preston City Council for our continued commitment to sustainability. We are contributing to making Preston a greener city.

This award recognises our compliance in keeping our premises and surrounding areas clean and tidy, recycling, and reducing our Co2 emissions. In 2012, we have installed water saving devices in all toilets, reducing our water consumption by 30%; promoting the use of stairs instead of the lift – walking up the stairs just 2 minutes per day burns approximately 20 calories and helps the environment.

We are continuing our efforts into 2013, and are always for looking for new ways to further improve our practices. We already have a number of changes and schemes planned for this year, including:
– Offering our customers a Fairtrade refreshment option
– Using locally sourced food and catering, thus reducing food miles
– Promoting use of car sharing, public transport, walking and cycling
– Continue our drive to reduce, reuse and recycle!

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