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Big Bike Picnic and Meet the WM Mayoral Candidates

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Big Bike Picnic and Meet the WM Mayoral Candidates

Time: April 22, 2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: Cannon Hill Park
Street: NCR 5 and Russell Rd
City/Town: Birmingham
Website or Map: https://www.google.co.uk/maps…
Phone: 07785 920646
Event Type: campaign, and, family, celebrate, of, cycling
Organized By: Chris Lowe and Catherine Watton for Push Bikes
Latest Activity: Apr 22

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This is the West Midlands Vote Bike Event for the Metro Mayor Elections. Main event is a bring your own picnic in Cannon Hill Park.  Just ride in on NCR5 and look for the red Space for Cycling flags. We want to celebrate cycling, listen to and ask questions of the Mayoral Candidates about supporting cycling, active travel, living streets and physical activity in general.

A Push Bikes group with some of the candidates will meet at Victoria Square at 12.30 and ride down. Other groups and clubs are invited to make their own way to Cannon Hill by bike, scooter or on foot. Or with train or car assist from around the West Midlands

Pete Durrell (UKIP) Beverley Nielsen (Lib Dem) Sion Simon (Labour) Andy Street (Conservative) have all promised to come along. James Burn (Green) is sending a representative.

The new Mayor will have important powers over Transport and Economic Development  - including the West Midlands Cycling Charter.

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Comment by Dave Cox on April 7, 2017 at 21:21

Yesterday we confirmed that all of the candidates are supporting Space for Cycling and the West Midlands Combined Authority's West Midlands Cycling Charter. This is great news and worth celebrating. They have promised to find the resources to increase spend on cycling across the Region to £10 per head.

Come along with your picnic on bike, scooter or just walk in. Convince the candidates that they will need to deliver on these promises if elected and talk to them about what is needed to enable more people to enjoy cycling in the West Midlands.

Comment by Dave Cox on April 20, 2017 at 10:47

This research was on the news this morning. If many more people are going to get the health benefits of cycling to work we need the new Mayor for the West Midlands to implement much better cycling infrastructure and support schemes like Big Birmingham Bikes and Community Cycling Clubs which ensure all communities can access cycling. 

Cycling to work may cut your risk of premature death by 40%

 

Using your bike to get to work could cut your risk of developing cancer and heart disease by almost half.

 

New research by the University of Glasgow and published today in the BMJ, has found that cycling to work is associated with a 45% lower risk of developing cancer and a 46% lower risk of heart disease, compared to a non-active commute.

 

Overall the study found that commuters who cycled were associated with a 41% lower risk of premature death.

 

Walking to work was associated with 27% lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a 36% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, but not cancer or premature death overall.

 

This study analysed data from 264,337 participants from UK Biobank who were asked questions about their usual mode of commuting to work and then followed up for 5 years. The new cases of cancer, heart attacks and deaths in that 5-year period were assessed and related to their mode of commuting.

 

The researchers believe that their findings suggest that policies designed to make it easier for people to commute by bike may present major opportunities for public health improvement.

 

Dr Jason Gill, from the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, said: "Cycling all or part of the way to work was associated with substantially lower risk of adverse health outcomes.  Those who cycled the full length of their commute had an over 40% lower risk of heart disease, cancer and overall mortality over the 5 years of follow-up.

 

"If these associations are causal, these findings suggest that policies designed to make it easier for people to commute by bike, such as cycle lanes, city bike hire, subsidised cycle purchase schemes and increasing provision for cycles on public transport may present major opportunities for public health improvement."

 

The greater benefits seen with cycling compared with walking may be because cycle commuters covered longer distances in their commutes than the walkers, the intensity of cycling is higher than walking and the cycle commuters had higher levels of fitness

Dr Carlos Celis-Morales, said: "Walking to work was associated with lower risk of heart disease, but unlike cycling was not associated with a significantly lower risk of cancer or overall death. This may be because walkers commuted shorter distances than cyclists  typically 6 miles per week, compared with 30 miles per week  and walking is generally a lower intensity of exercise than cycling."

The paper, 'Association between active commuting (walking and cycling) and incident cardiovascular disease, cancer and mortality: Prospective cohort study of 264,337 UK Biobank participants' is published today in the BMJ.

  

ENDS

Comment by Dave Cox on April 21, 2017 at 14:49

Latest update weather looks so so and there will be free cake and soft drinks for the first 100 riders to turn up. Hope to see you there!

Comment by David on April 22, 2017 at 18:20

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