Spring Excitement at Love to Ride

 Here are just three of the things we’re excited about at the moment:

Love to Ride is expanding to more cities and countries

We’re just about to launch Love to Ride in our 10th country, the Netherlands!
Amsterdam Rush Hour
After working for the last 8 years on developing the best online platform and programs for encouraging riding, we’re excited that the best of the best in the cycling world are choosing to work with Love to Ride.
Bicycle Transportation Alliance in Portland, Oregon has helped make Portland one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the USA. They recently switched to using the Love to Ride platform to run their online Bike More Challenge, too.
We’re now kicking off projects year round, and around the world from Australia and New Zealand to the EU and USA. We also had some very good initial meetings with potential national partners in Germany and France last week.

Funding for cycling in the UK

Transition FundIt’s great that the UK government are putting £20m towards sustainable travel this financial year with the “Transition Fund”.  We’re excited to already be working with 26 UK local authorities on local Love to Ride projects to provide a proven approach to encourage more people to ride, build a database of existing and new riders to promote local initiatives to, and gather valuable cycling data.
We’re looking forward to working with many more UK cities, towns and regions over the next year, setting the wheels in motion with June Bike Week – and building up to the UK’s National Cycle Challenge, which this year rolls out in September.

GPS Data

Love to Ride now collects GPS data automatically from apps like the Moves App which uses people’s smartphone accelerometer and GPS to calculate when someone is riding their bike, then automatically send this ride data to us at Love to Ride.Heat Map
This way, we know how often people are actually riding, where they are riding to and from, and what routes they are taking.  We can then cross reference this data with their profile data so we can show where recreational riders are riding vs where commuter riders are riding, and where female new riders are riding vs male regular riders, etc.
This data can provide real insight into where people are actually riding in your area, and can help you and your transportation planners to make decisions on the best places/streets to invest in bicycle infrastructure.
Happy riding!
Thomas Stokell 
CEO – Love to Ride

Transition Funding Requires Proven Cycling Schemes

Transition Fund Cycling ProgrammeEngland has recently received great news for cycling! The DfT’s recent announcement of the Transition Fund provides £20m of much needed revenue funding to continue the good work that’s being done by local authorities across England to promote cycling and sustainable transport. Due to the timing of the Fund, the DfT are looking for schemes that can get up and running quickly, having already been proven to work.

Love to Ride is an established programme that has been running Workplace Challenges and successfully growing cycling through behaviour change in the UK since 2008. Local Love to Ride town/city/region web platforms will be up and running within 2 weeks of the project being signed off.

The requirements the DfT have set for the Transition Fund include that the DfT are looking sustainable transport projects that have “proven successful in the past”, and that incorporate “measures that support cycling and walking, and that will bring about an increase in numbers of people cycling safely.” Love to Ride is a proven approach which achieves these two objectives and many more.

Get in touch with Sam@LovetoRide.org or read our 2-pager on what we have developed for 2016/17 and see how we can help you by adding a programme proven to grow cycling into your Transition Fund activity.

Check out our 2 pager on our Transition Funding Cycling Programme!