Cycling on prescription

More than 1,000 people across West Yorkshire have boosted their mental and physical health thanks to our ground-breaking patient referral scheme in partnership with Cycling UK.

More than 1,000 people across West Yorkshire have boosted their mental and physical health thanks to our ground-breaking referral scheme, which sees patients being prescribed cycling by health care professionals.

The Cycle for Health scheme, delivered in partnership with Cycling UK, is aimed at tackling health inequalities by offering people with long-term conditions a 12-week programme of cycle skills training.

Figures from September 2018 – September 2019 showed considerable improvements in mental wellbeing, with people reporting a 32% increase in confidence, a 29% increase in feeling close to others and a 26% increase in feeling relaxed.   

At the start of the programme, 82% were not meeting the NHS physical activity guidelines of 150 minutes per week, with 31% doing less than 30 minutes a week. 

Immediately following the programme the proportion meeting physical activity guidelines rose to 73%, with 61% reporting their fitness had increased.