Cycling is not only a great way of getting from A to B, it can also help reduce the risk of a number of serious illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It can also help boost your mood, which can improve the symptoms of some mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety.
Cycling can also help you maintain a healthy weight and as it’s a low impact form of exercise, it's a lot easier on your joints compared to high impact aerobic activities, like running.
If you choose to cycle instead of driving or using public transport, it can also save you money and help protect the environment.
Herefordshire Council’s Choose How You Move Team offer an extensive range of information, advice and initiatives to help you enjoy cycling across the county, whether you're cycling to work, school, the shops or just for fun.
Herefordshire is a wonderful county for exploring by bike and there’s a range of fantastic cycle routes and networks in and around Hereford, Ledbury, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye.
To find out more about the routes and download maps, take a look at Herefordshire Council’s website.
Commuting by bike
If you’re looking to beat the traffic or perhaps you want to build some exercise into your daily work commute, why not try Park and Cycle? There’s currently 23 Park and Cycle locations across the county, where you can park your car before continuing your journey by bike. A number of locations also have secure lockers available, where you can leave your bike overnight.
To find out more about the scheme and the current locations, visit Herefordshire Council’s park and cycle page.
If you’d like to get out and about more and meet new people, why not join one of Choose How You Move’s regular free led rides, which are held throughout the year for women and families?
If you’d like to find out more, visit Herefordshire Council’s join a led ride page.
Adaptive / accessibility bikes
If you have physical or mobility difficulties, there’s a range of different bikes available for hire from Halo’s Bike Hire Cabin in Hereford, including wheelchair bikes, hand bikes, tandems, twin bikes and tag-along bikes.
There’s more information available on Herefordshire Council’s website.
Don’t have a bike?
Why not register with the Beryl Bikes bike share scheme, which gives you quick and easy access to 200 Beryl Bikes and 30 Beryl e-Bikes from 65 Beryl Bays across Hereford. Remember to look for the distinctive green colour!
To find out more, visit Herefordshire Council’s website.
Alternatively, the council is offering free six month bike loans to all women living in Hereford. There’s a range of different bikes available, including ones with child seats or trailers.
If you’re interested in the scheme, take a look at Herefordshire Council’s borrow a bike page.
Not confident on a bike?
If you’re new to cycling or you haven’t been on a bike for a long time or perhaps you just want to build up your confidence, there’s free adult cycle training available.
To find out more and book a training session, visit Herefordshire Council's website.