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How to encourage your friends and family to cycle

Four tips that will have them having a blast 

Just by choosing to #GoByBike, you’re taking meaningful action and setting the right example for your friends and family to show them that #BikeIsBest.

That’s a great first step, but there are more ways to get your loved ones to join you in taking responsible action for the planet. Here are four more ways you can encourage them to get on board with this movement.

1.Tag them in your #GoByBike and #BikeIsBest photo

Upload your photo to Instagram, tag your friends and family, and in your caption mention a specific landmark or route they should check out, like a great scenic path or a landscape that looks better from the saddle. It’s great to have something to look forward to on a ride, and even something simple like an amazing view can motivate new riders to get out and ride.

2. Cover the basics

Ask if they need help tuning their bike or finding a helmet that fits properly. One of the biggest barriers to cycling can be the gear it requires. Once they have that taken care of, they’re likely to ride more often. You can even give them advice on who to talk to at your favourite local shop and give them tips on what they’ll need for their first rides.

3. Plan safer routes

Maybe your friends and family want to ride, but just don’t know where to do it! Show them the Google Maps bike route feature, or send them a map of your local bike paths. Share the #BikeIsBest guide to route planning. Once they know ride routes, they’ll feel more comfortable heading out on their own.

4. Ride to cool places

Being on a bike is a reward in itself, but there’s a whole lot more to riding than bikes. You can make any ride extra special with a fun destination or mid-ride stop. Pro tip: the ice cream parlour is always a good idea. A great destination turns a standard ride into a fun excursion and makes the idea of choosing a bike over a car much less intimidating.

 

 

Join the campaign

Hundreds of thousands of people already enjoy riding their bikes, we are inviting you to join them. Make a pledge to give cycling a go, or offer your support to others, so more people can discover why #BikeIsBest.

I PLEDGE TO INVITE THREE FRIENDS TO JOIN #BIKEISBEST
I PLEDGE TO RIDE MY BIKE TWICE A WEEK
I PLEDGE TO FIND A BIKE AND RIDE IT
+ A CUSTOM PLEDGE OPTION

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I PLEDGE TO INVITE THREE FRIENDS TO JOIN #BIKEISBEST

Pledging your support for #BikeIsBest adds another voice to our campaign, helping the needs of cyclists get heard nationally and in your local community. We will provide you with regular updates on our campaign work and further ways to get involved, plus hints, tips, and advice from our cycling community.

I'm thinking about starting
I haven't ridden in ages
I've just got my first bike
I only really ride (or plan to) for my commute
I'd like to turn it into a regular activity
I'd like to get my young family into it
I want to encourage others & champion cycling causes

I'm happy to receive advice, tips and other great stuff from #BikeIsBest via email.

BACK

I PLEDGE TO RIDE MY BIKE TWICE A WEEK

Pledging your support for #BikeIsBest adds another voice to our campaign, helping the needs of cyclists get heard nationally and in your local community. We will provide you with regular updates on our campaign work and further ways to get involved, plus hints, tips, and advice from our cycling community.

I'm thinking about starting
I haven't ridden in ages
I've just got my first bike
I only really ride (or plan to) for my commute
I'd like to turn it into a regular activity
I'd like to get my young family into it
I want to encourage others & champion cycling causes

I'm happy to receive advice, tips and other great stuff from #BikeIsBest via email.

BACK

I PLEDGE TO FIND A BIKE AND RIDE IT

Pledging your support for #BikeIsBest adds another voice to our campaign, helping the needs of cyclists get heard nationally and in your local community. We will provide you with regular updates on our campaign work and further ways to get involved, plus hints, tips, and advice from our cycling community.

I'm thinking about starting
I haven't ridden in ages
I've just got my first bike
I only really ride (or plan to) for my commute
I'd like to turn it into a regular activity
I'd like to get my young family into it
I want to encourage others & champion cycling causes

I'm happy to receive advice, tips and other great stuff from #BikeIsBest via email.

BACK

+ A CUSTOM PLEDGE OPTION

Pledging your support for #BikeIsBest adds another voice to our campaign, helping the needs of cyclists get heard nationally and in your local community. We will provide you with regular updates on our campaign work and further ways to get involved, plus hints, tips, and advice from our cycling community.

I'm thinking about starting
I haven't ridden in ages
I've just got my first bike
I only really ride (or plan to) for my commute
I'd like to turn it into a regular activity
I'd like to get my young family into it
I want to encourage others & champion cycling causes

I'm happy to receive advice, tips and other great stuff from #BikeIsBest via email.