Why choose cycling?

Cycling is 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 to help you on your way.

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.

Love to Ride is a free online community where you can track your rides, interact with friends and colleagues and win prizes for your efforts

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.

For all things cycling related including cycle routes, cycle courses such as learn to ride and cycle parking visit the Transport for Greater Manchester’s website.

Ability Wheelz

Based in Alexandra Park, Ability Wheelz provides opportunities for children, young people and adults with additional needs and/or disabilities to access a wide range of adapted and universal cycles in Alexandra Park. The whole family can enjoy exercise, whilst learning to cycle. They also offer 'Learn to ride' cycling lesson, so that children, young people, and adults with or without additional needs can learn to ride a bike and enjoy the independence and health benefits this can bring.

Positive Cycles

Positive Cycles is a community-based project delivering affordable bikes to local people in Oldham. Since then the project has grown and grown with the fundamentals of recycling and encouraging more people to take up cycling remaining strong. They take old bikes, clean them up and then our volunteers and groups of young people fix them, gaining AQA qualifications in the process.