Slough Borough council’s sustainable travel team Better by is working with community groups and organisations in an attempt to promote cycling in the town.

One of those groups is St George's Church in Britwell, who have been taking part in group cycle rides led by cycling instructors and bike surgery sessions with qualified cycle mechanics, who have been helping the congregation to get their bikes repaired and road worthy.

The riders from the church are hoping to use all that they have learnt from the activities to help prepare for the Historic Churches sponsored ride this month, while getting fitter and using a greener form of travel while increasing the number of social opportunities available to them.

The scheme is also offering subsidised cycle training for the varying ages and abilities in a bid to make cycling accessible to as many people as possible.

Reverend Neil McCathie, Vicar of St George's Church, said: “We are pleased to be involved with the Better by… programme and have been very impressed by the support we have received.

“The team have been a great help in getting our community back on our bikes and showing everyone there are cycling activities in the borough for all to try, whatever a person’s age, ability or situation."

Councillor Martin Carter, cabinet member for planning and transport, said: “We believe it’s better by bike, so we are delighted to be working with community groups to promote our many cycling initiatives.

“We are hoping we can inspire others to make the switch from car to bike, so encourage other community groups, organisations and charities to reach out to us, if they’re interested in getting involved with any of our cycling activities."

RYAN GRAY | Local Democracy Reporter | 01753 627220