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Ride your way to a happy, healthy life

Thinking about getting back on your bike after the inspirational Tour of Britain earlier this month? Want to walk more but not sure how to make it part of your daily routine? Whatever you think the barrier may be, don't let it hold you back.

Making more journeys by foot or bike is easier than you might think, and there are loads of resources to help you out and build your confidence - from road safety training or bike maintenance workshops to walking route planners. 

You don't need to go 'full Lycra' or even do he whole journey by bike or foot - why not cycle to the train in the morning? And why not try parking near the town centre and walking into local shops instead of driving to the supermarket? Even a small change will start to positively affect your mood and health. 

By swapping short car journeys for a bike ride or a walk, you can easily build exercise into your day. Research shows that adults who cycle regularly have fitness levels of someone up to 10 years younger, while walking more regularly can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. 

The benefits won't just be felt by you. By more people choosing to walk or cycle, fewer cars will be on the road, reducing congestion and emissions - which means you'll be doing your part to improve local air quality. 

Whether you're new to cycling or have been pedalling for years, go hiking frequently or rarely walk far, the Arrive Happy website will tell you everything you need to know about cycling and walking in the Liverpool City Region. 

Start your journey now by visiting the Arrive Happy website.

If you are looking for some inspiration, some of our Wirral residents feature in their case studies: