Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson and Heart of Mersey join

Bill Esterson and Robin Ireland

 

Labour MP Bill Esterson has joined forces with heart health charity Heart of Mersey to encourage people in Sefton Central to get on their bikes.

Bill and Heart of Mersey chief executive Robin Ireland are working together to promote cycling as a healthy, economical and environmentally-friendly way of getting around.

Robin explained how the bicycle is his main mode of transport.

He told Bill: "Heart of Mersey promotes cycling as a healthy activity with lots of benefits.

"There's more and more people out cycling now because of the Wiggins effect. You see more and more cyclists on our streets in Maghull, Formby and Crosby.

"It's a perfect way to benefit your health at a low cost and it's a very efficient way to travel. It's a cheap way of getting around, it is a healthy way of getting around, it is environmentally friendly and it is an ideal way of feeling part of your community.

"I've been cycling all my life. I am not a member of a gym. My exercise is almost entirely through cycling as part of my daily routine. I have a five mile commute to cycle, so I know that I will be spending at least one-hour a day exercising without having to pay gym membership fees.

"It's such an easy thing to do. Ideal to get to and from work. It's a very cheap way to travel. And what's more, you don't have to worry about parking."

Fellow keen cyclist, Bill said he would like to see more people taking to the road on bicycles.

Bill said: "I used to cycle to and from school when I was a child and I have been cycling ever since. It's great fun and it can be extremely practical.
 
"It's a mode of transport that is convenient, particularly for getting around town.

"On the whole Sefton is a good place to cycle, even though we don't always have the best weather for it. But as Robin says, it's not a matter of having the wrong weather for cycling, it's more a matter of having the wrong clothing.

"I like to encourage my children to cycle because of the health benefits. It's a fun thing to do. And it keeps you fit and healthy. What more could you ask for!"

 

Bill Esterson and Robin Ireland