Project

Health

Recent Project Activity

Copenhagen cyclist
Create jobs and save lives in their thousands! Cycling is the key, says major new report News
Coinciding with the launch of CTC's Space for Cycling campaign, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that cycling has the potential to create at least 76,000 jobs and save 10,000 lives in the pan-European region.
A comfortable saddle is the key
Boy stuff: cycling, the prostate and erectile dysfunction Blog
Riding a bicycle can aggravate the prostate and cause other health problems in men. The design of the standard bicycle seat can rub against the prostate during the pedalling process. A comforatble saddle is key.
Brighton and Hove CTC launch 'Shed Rides' to encourage new members News
With over two thirds of bicycles stuck in a garden shed and hardly ever seeing the light of day, the Brighton and Hove CTC Member Group has come up with an ingenious plan to encourage more people to cycle in the New Year.
Burnley Active Spaces
Burnley Active Spaces Case Study
The Active Spaces charity in Burnley operates from Townley Park and offers a range of walking and cycling opportunities to improve health for people either responding to an advert or who have been referred by a health professional.

Project Objectives

  • Our Continued Commitment

The securing of continuation funding from BIG Lottery  will ensure that  the experience of the CTC Cycle Champions Programme is continued, and extended wherever and whenever possible. CTC will continue to provide cycling for health projects. 

  • Our Experience

The experience of running the champions programme has given CTC the opportunity to introduce cycling for the purposes of a a healthy lifestyle, not only physical wellbeing but also for mental health, through the expertise of the Cycling Development Officers based regionally throughout the UK.

  • Our aim

The promotion of a healthy lifestyle by cycling will support the campaign driven policy delivering key evidence based messages.

  • Why cycling and health?

Cycling is excellent exercise. More cycling will help more people meet the recommended physical activity guidelines, improve their physical and mental health and well-being, while reducing their risk of premature death and ill-health.

Cycling is far more likely to benefit an individual’s health than damage it; and the more cyclists there are, the safer cycling becomes – the ‘safety in numbers’ effect.

Cycling fits into daily routines better than many other forms of exercise, because it doubles up as transport to work, school or the shops etc. It’s easier than finding extra time to visit the gym and far less costly.

Lack of exercise can make people ill. It can lead to obesity, coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, cancers, type 2 diabetes and other life-threatening conditions.

Obesity in particular is a growing, costly burden to the health service. Without action, 60% of men, 50% of women and 25% of children will be obese by 2050 in the UK.

CHD is the UK’s biggest killer – well over 90,000 people die of it each year with over 33% of these attributable to lack of physical activity.

Unlike driving, cycling causes negligible harm to others, either through road injuries or pollution, so it’s a healthy option not just for cyclists, but for everyone else too.

For more information and evidence on the above points, see CTC's campaigns briefings on health and road safety. We also produce a briefing on promoting cycling in the health sector. For other CTC campaigns briefings, see our campaigns briefings index page.

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  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541

 

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