There is no question that an electric bike can provide the boost of confidence people need to return to cycling – even if it’s for just short trips to the shop otherwise taken by car.

So, with that in mind, Trafford’s Labour leader, Cllr Tom Ross, agreed to trial an e-cycle for a month to support the charity, Cycling UK, and its Making Cycling Easier scheme.

The initiative offers free skills and confidence sessions including e-cycle loans to encourage people to opt for more active, greener, and cleaner ways to get around.

Cllr Ross, usually well known for his passion for walking, agreed to swap his trekking boots for a hard-hat and cycle clips.

Speaking about his experience, Cllr Ross, Green City-Region Lead for Greater Manchester, said: “Opting for more active ways to travel rather than using polluting alternatives can only be a good thing.

“I understand that taking up cycling after a long period out of the saddle will seem daunting, but, personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

“The team at Cycling UK guided me through the entire process and also provided me with accessories including a cycle helmet and bike lock.

“We’re facing a climate emergency and need to consider, whenever possible, cleaner travel options.

“We all need to do our bit to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint – and Cycling UK is offering a fantastic way for you to embark on your journey.”

The cycling scheme also coincides with Love to Ride’s, Cycle September, the team’s single mission is to get more people involved in riding bikes!

This month, their challenge is to encourage anyone to gear up and sign up for a fun, free and friendly biking challenge.

You can ride anywhere at any time throughout the month – and you may even bag yourself a prize.

To get involved simply download their app, log your details, and off you go.

To learn more about Cycle September click here: Cycle September 2023 (

Further information about Cycling UK can be accessed here:  Making cycling e-asier | Cycling UK.