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Tees Valley commuters urged to choose to travel by bike as Lancet study reveals cycling as a top route to better mental health

The Lancet Journal yesterday published the results of a study into the link between exercise and mental health. The report, documenting the research which analysed responses from 1,237,194 people in the United States, revealed the top 3 exercises associated with better mental health.


All forms of exercise were found to improve mental health. After popular team sports, cycling was found to have the strongest benefits, ahead of gym and other aerobic activities.

With next Wednesday being Cycle to Work day Tees Valley’s sustainable travel project, Let’s Go Tees Valley is urging residents across Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees to try cycling as a means to get to work and back.

Speaking for Let’s Go Tees Valley Georgina Burke said, “We’d like people who don’t usually cycle to work to try it.

“We’re also inviting local employers with an interest in staff wellbeing to take part in our Love to Ride Cycle September challenge. Signing up is simple. Businesses and organisations can register online at to join the challenge. Team members can log their rides, which can be as short as 10 minutes, and points are allocated depending on the number of minutes or miles completed.”

Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen said, “Cycling is a free and healthy way to travel and, with our £8.3million commitment to improve routes across Tees Valley, it will soon be safer, smoother and quicker than ever.

“I fully support the Love to Ride September Challenge and encourage many as possible to sign up and get involved!”

Since April 2016, over £3.8m has been invested in transport schemes that include cycling and pedestrian paths, as part of the Tees Valley-wide programme of improving sustainable transport in the area. There are now over 700km of dedicated cycle routes throughout the area including the recently completed improvements along Hartlepool’s Brenda Road which has already seen a positive uptake in terms of the number of cyclists.


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