Cycling

Why choose cycling? 

A great fun way to keep active and burn calories without putting too much pressure on your joints.  Other than the initial outlay of purchasing a bike and the relevant safety equipment, cycling is free and it helps the environment.  Check if your work places runs a cycle to work scheme.

Is it for me?

It's a low-impact type of exercise, so it's easier on your joints than jogging or other high-impact aerobic activities.  But it still helps you get into shape.

Regular cycling can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.  It can also boost your mood and keep your weight under control. 

If you do have any health problems that you're worried about, especially with your legs, be sure to get in touch with your GP before you take up cycling.

Find out more 

Where to cycle

Oldham boosts over 32 parks and green spaces and enjoys being the gateway to the Pennines and the Peak District national park.  Here are some links to get you started 

Cycling to school

The Cycling to School Programme offers training for school pupils and information about setting up an initiative at school.

Free adult cycle training

Learn about coping with traffic, how to be seen and safe, the best cycle routes, rules of the road and tips for all riding conditions.

  • Cycling - Transport for Greater Manchester website

Get on your bike

Put Greater Manchester on the European Cycling Map this May.

For the first time, Greater Manchester is taking part in the European-wide urban cycling competition which takes place every year.

Whether you’re a keen cyclist or are just looking for an excuse to dust the bike off, let’s get active this spring, enjoy Oldham’s beautiful parks green spaces and clock up the miles to put Greater Manchester on the map.

Just log your kilometres using a free tracking app and compete against other cities through online leader boards.

You could even win spot prizes throughout the challenge including £300 of shopping vouchers.

To get started www.cyclingchallenge.eu/ don’t forget to select “Greater Manchester” as your team.