ISLANDERS are being encouraged to get on their bikes, after figures highlighted that nearly half of adult Islanders were not active enough.
Assistant Economic Development Minister Lucy Stephenson said only 52% of adults in Jersey were meeting recommended guidelines on being active, a lower figure than the 61% of adults in England.
The ‘Move More’ free group cycling programmes are run by Jersey Sport and available for beginners and more advanced cyclists.
Deputy Stephenson, who has responsibility for sport, said: ‘These cycling programmes are an important part of that work and present a great opportunity for Islanders to get involved at various levels.
‘And by encouraging more Islanders to cycle and actively travel we can also start to make an impact on Jersey’s Carbon Neutral Roadmap.’
The programmes, funded by the government, are cycle rides organised by Jersey Sport for Islanders who need support to cycle. They include an ‘Adult Learn to Ride’ for complete beginners; ‘Sofa2Saddle’ rides for those who need support to feel more confident when riding and ‘Gaining Momentum’ rides, designed to boost confidence on different routes and terrains.
Jersey Sport community engagement and inclusion officer Claudia Andrade said: ‘If you’ve never ridden a bike before, or feel you need to gain more confidence when cycling, we’re here to help find a cycle ride or programme to suit you and start you on your cycling journey.
‘Cycling is not only good for you, it’s great for the environment, and our small group rides enable you to meet new people while improving your fitness.’
Women-only rides and mixed rides at six different ability levels are also offered by Jersey Sport.
The rides are led by ride leader volunteers who are have undertaken the British Cycling Ride Leaders course.
For more information visit: movemore.je/cycle-more.