Cycling campaign clocks up the miles
THE Plymouth Cycling Campaign has signed up to loveLIFE and plans to donate hundreds of miles.
Formed in summer 2010, the cycling campaign comprises various bodies, clubs and individuals who are committed to cycling in and around Plymouth, South Devon and South-East Cornwall.
There are around 120 cyclists involved in the group who take part in a variety of rides around the city but they are hoping to organise more community events in the future.
Dom Tucker, of The Plymouth Cycling Campaign, said: "The Campaign is a recognised consultee by Plymouth City Council, which means we have a voice on all matters related to cycling, walking and sustainable transport in the City, as well as transport planning in general.
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"We work closely with other local authorities, and support and cooperate with Sustrans, the charity for sustainable transport which designs and maintains the National Cycle Network."
The Plymouth Cycling Campaign aims to provide a stronger, more united voice for Plymouth cyclists and to campaign and lobby to improve cycling facilities and infrastructure for the city of Plymouth.
The cyclists are petitioning for a dedicated cycling officer on Plymouth City Council to feed concerns to an individual with a mandate for change and to increase cycling participation rates within Plymouth through better infrastructure as well as providing opportunities for non-cyclists to try the sport.
The campaign also provides opportunities for social rides to encourage healthier lifestyles, such as regular exercise, sustainable transport and improving city centre environment.
Finally the campaign hopes to provide a network for cycling groups to air their views and decide collectively on cycling priorities in Plymouth.
Dom continued: "Within the group we have cyclists interested in road races, and mountain biking on trails or roads. The Plymouth Cycle Campaign is all about getting people back out on their bike, enjoying the great outdoors and getting fit. We like to represent people on a local level and we encourage people of any experience to get involved in cycling."
Dom explained his daily diet in keeping with the loveLIFE campaign's current focus on healthy eating.
Dom said: "In terms of diet the key is making sure you have a good mix of vegetables and fresh fruit, you need a variety so you don't get bored.
"You can still enjoy a Chinese or Indian take away but it's better to cook it yourself so you know what's gone into it and you can also freeze meals so you can have home cooked meals throughout the week."
On an average day Dom will have toast and a coffee for breakfast, fruit and a wrap for lunch and for tea a home cooked meal with vegetables and meat.
For more information, rides, routes, events or activities, visit the Plymouth Cycle Campaign website on www.plymouthcyclingcampaign.co.uk.