Get on your bike to boost health

It’s time to get that old bike out of the shed and ride it down to Media City UK on 15 June for Made2Move4Macmillan.

Salford Royal bowel surgeon Mr Dominic Slade is organising a one-day cycle festival to promote the health and well-being benefits of cycling and reducing obesity, the UK’s biggest risk factor for bowel cancer.

Dominic said: “Active transport such as cycling gets you fit, helps you lose weight, reduces congestion on our busy roads, and often can be quicker than travelling by car. Research shows that regular physical activity can help protect you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and arthritis and it’s good for your mental health too.

“We are supporting Chris Boardman and the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham’s Made to Move campaign, which aims to make everyday cycling and walking easier and safer for everyone in Greater Manchester.”

Made2Move4Macmillan runs from 8am to 3pm on 15 June at The Piazza, Media City, M50 2EQ. It aims to get people who have never cycled or who have stopped cycling back on their bikes and will include free help and advice for new cyclists, commuting tips, bike safety checks and servicing, and bike security marking.  If you don’t think you could manage a push bike, there will be a chance to test ride an electric bike.

Families with children can try out kids’ seats and trailers and speak to cycle safety coaches. Cycle campaign groups around Manchester and Salford will also be there, including the women’s cycle group, Team Glow.

If you are feeling fit you can take on the Rollapaluza challenge of racing a rival on static bikes. There will be lots of giveaways and some fantastic raffle and tombola prizes to be won, too.

There’s no charge to attend and no need to book but donations to Macmillan would be much appreciated. Dominic is trying to raise £50,000 for Macmillan before his 50th birthday – his JustGiving page is at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dominic-slade2