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ForwardMotion launched its ‘This Is What A Cyclist Looks Like’ campaign last week. The campaign aims to challenge people’s perceptions of what a ‘real’ cyclist looks like and encourage more people to start travelling by bike around south Essex.
The campaign was officially launched at the Cycle County Active County event, which took place at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, from 5 to 6 September. ForwardMotion is launching the campaign in an effort to steer people away from the idea that cyclists look a certain way and inspire more people to travel by bike.
Some people can be put off cycling because they associate it with extreme fitness and body-hugging Lycra. In response, the ‘This Is What A Cyclist Looks Like’ campaign will display photos and videos of local cyclists that show a range of outfits that real people wear to cycle to work, places of education or training opportunities. The images and video footage will be shown at various locations across south Essex.
Iain Banks, travel engagement manager at ForwardMotion, said: “In my experience, too many people think cycling is for Tour de France athletes. This campaign is a positive effort to challenge that unhelpful stereotype. By showing the public that there is no ‘ideal’ cyclist, ForwardMotion is helping more people embrace the bike as a great way to travel.
“Cycling is a fantastic way for people to get around; it benefits individuals by improving their physical and mental wellbeing, while likely saving them money, and it also improves the local environment. But people have to be comfortable getting on a bike. That is why ForwardMotion is helping change the image of cyclists into one that everyone can identify with.
“ForwardMotion recognises that travelling by car is the default option for many people in south Essex. The aim of this campaign is to get more people comfortable with the idea of using a bike as their primary mode of transport. However, we know that cycling is just one way people can travel more healthily, which is why ForwardMotion also helps get more people walking and using public transport.”
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