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Joe Rutland is promoting biking in Blackpool.
Joe Rutland is promoting biking in Blackpool.
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CYCLISTS are being asked to share their biking experiences with others to encourage green modes of travel in Blackpool.

Interactive question and answers sessions are being promoted on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook in a bid to get people to saddle up.

Blackpool Council is running the online campaign, ‘Cycle Blackpool asks’, to share the positive experiences of cycling via social media.

Cyclist Joe Rutland, from Blackpool, has got involved with the scheme, to share his own experience – and promote his charity efforts.

Joe, 24, now cycles six days a week in preparation for a Blackpool to London ride for The Stroke Association.

He said: “Until late last year I was just your average commuter, but since deciding to do a charity ride I’ve started taking cycling more seriously.

“I love the freedom of getting out and having a good time while keeping fit.”

Council leaders hope people will saddle up in order to improve their fitness and reduce pollution caused by emissions from vehicles on the resort’s roads.

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for transport, said: “A significant amount of work has been done to promote cycling in the town from the creation of specialist cycle lanes to Ride the Lights and even hosting the Tour of Britain.

“We also regularly hold cycling events which are well attended, teaching people about safe cycling and bicycle repair.

“‘Cycle Blackpool asks’ is just another part of those ongoing efforts to promote cycling as a form of transport and may help us to reach younger people and a different audience.

“I will look forward to reading what the team comes up with.”

Organisers have said the scheme will help share cycling advice as well as good cycle routes.

Riders are asked about their cycling habits and why they took it up.

They are also invited to share their top tips.

Joe added: “My cycling top tip is to be safe – make sure you have the proper equipment, a helmet especially.”

The first ‘Cycle Blackpool asks’ posting will go online later this week.

To find out more about Joe’s fund-raising ride, visit www.justgiving.com/wheel2wheel.

To join the discussion visit www.facebook.com/CycleBlackpool or search #askcyclebpl on Twitter.

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