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LovetoRide will be giving away a bike every day during Bike Week from 9th – 17th June.

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Bike Week, which runs from 9th to 17th June, is the UK’s annual celebration of cycling.

During the week, online cycling promotion platform LovetoRide will be giving away a bike every day. For the chance to win a bike – register at www.lovetoride.net, ride a bike anywhere, anytime for just 10 minutes during Bike Week and log your ride. You can also win prizes for encouraging others to ride and sharing your cycling stories and photos.

More news: Successful Horsham production comes to Crawley

Two new cycle routes have been completed in time for Bike Week 2018 and a third is in its final stages of construction.

The schemes in Arundel Road, Fontwell – part of a longer route between Bognor Regis and Bignor – and for Crawley, Worth Park Avenue – part of the Crawley Growth Programme – were delivered by West Sussex County Council and opened last month. A new link alongside the A259 between Flansham and Climping is in its final stages of construction.

The county council is also developing a number of schemes for future delivery as part of its Walking and Cycling Strategy 2016-2026. The council is also working in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority, Adur and Worthing Councils, Chichester District Council, Crawley Borough Council, and Horsham District Council to develop Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs). This work will build on existing strategies and help to identify priority routes for future investment.

Last year was a record-breaking year for the county council’s team of cycling instructors, who deliver Bikeability training in schools and provide one-to-one courses for adults. A total of 9,801 people received training during 2017/18, including 1,129 balance bike users.

Bob Lanzer, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:

“Cycling helps to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and is a great way to increase physical activity and wellbeing.

“I am very pleased West Sussex will be hosting Velo South later this year, a 100-mile closed road cycling event, which will see 15,000 riders cycling through the West Sussex countryside on Sunday 23 September.”

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Crawley residents encouraged to learn the symptoms of leukaemia this September

Members of the public in Crawley are being encouraged to learn the
symptoms of leukaemia during Blood Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) which takes place throughout September.

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Leukaemia Care, a national blood cancer charity, is attempting to raise awareness of the disease, as well as its signs and symptoms, as part of their Spot Leukaemia campaign.

In 2015, 9,900 people were diagnosed with Leukaemia. That is 27 people each day.

Leukaemia is a form of blood cancer. Blood cancer is the fifth most common cancer diagnosed in the UK today and is the third biggest cancer killer. 

Leukaemia can be hard to spot because the signs and symptoms are common to other unrelated illnesses.

The six most common symptoms experienced by all leukaemia patients prior to diagnosis are:

  • Fatigue
  • Bruising or bleeding
  • Bone/Joint pain
  • Fever or night sweats
  • Sleeping problems
  • Shortness of breath

The campaign seeks to raise awareness of what leukaemia is, the symptoms to spot and who can be affected by leukaemia. The charity wants to equip people to spot the signs and symptoms of leukaemia and urge them to visit their GP if they have any concerns. Early diagnosis saves lives and improves outcomes.

Leukaemia Care is giving away free magnets, pens and symptoms cards to raise awareness of the types of leukaemia and to empower people to visit their GP if they feel worried. They are also encouraging members of the public to take a new free leukaemia awareness course where members of the public can earn a certificate on their knowledge of leukaemia. 

Symptoms cards as well as more information about the campaign and awareness course can be found at www.spotleukaemia.co.uk

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