Leading bike hire scheme Bike & Go has launched its third Chic Cyclist competition, and is inviting stylish cyclists across Formby to join in the fun.
With cycling shorts the surprise hit of the catwalk for this year's spring/summer shows and social media queens Kim Kardashian West and Bella Hadid pioneering their return, cycling gear is having a moment.
But according to the Bike & Go team, you don’t need to don lycra to enjoy a bike ride; and they’re celebrating the wide variety of outfits worn by cyclists with their popular annual contest.
From skinny jeans and Superstars to wedding dresses, previous entrants have shown us that anything goes when it comes to using their bike to get around.
And the cyclist crowned this year’s winner will ride off into the sunset with £150 worth of high street vouchers.
To enter, users simply need to upload a photo of themselves in their most stylish cycling outfit and tweet it to @UKBikeandGo using the hashtag #ChicCyclist2018.
The closing date is Friday, August 10, 2018, and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 14 through the @UKBikeandGo handle on Twitter.
David O’Leary, Director of Bike & Go said:
“Each year, Bike & Go users send in their photographs to show us that cycling outfits can consist of anything from jeans and a pair of Converse to business suits. The entries we’ve had for past competitions have been getting better and better, so we can’t wait to see what chic outfits our cyclists come up with this summer.”
Bike & Go offers bike hire facilities from 21 participating train stations across the Merseyrail network, including Liverpool Central, Moorfields, Aigburth, Southport, Ainsdale, Ormskirk and West Kirby, in addition to a further 49 participating train stations across much of the North West, North East and Yorkshire, East and South East of England, and Scotland.
In 2016 the scheme was praised by a UK division of the travel giant TripAdvisor when it was included in a list of the top seven bicycle hire companies drawn up by its subsidiary rental company Holiday Lettings.
To hire a Bike & Go bike, users simply need to register their card details online, which they can do via smartphones, tablets, or at home, and pay the annual £10 subscription fee. They will then receive a user number via email which will allow immediate bike hire – usually charged at just £3.80 per 24 hours up to a maximum of 72 hours - while they wait for their Bike & Go membership card.
Once finished with, bikes can be dropped off at any participating Bike & Go bike hire facility.
Local health commissioners are encouraging Sefton residents to examine their options if they become unwell over the bank holiday weekend.
Anyone who thinks they may need to access health services over the bank holiday is being urged to check opening times for walk-in centres, GP practices and chemists and also think about ordering any repeat prescriptions they need before the long weekend begins.
Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and acting chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:
“The bank holiday weekend can be a good opportunity to relax and unwind but its important people know how to access health services, should they need to. Many GP practices will be closed on the bank holiday, so it’s particularly important for people to examine their options if they become poorly.”
Dr Rob Caudwell, a Southport GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:
“There are a variety of services on offer to people such as the advice on the NHS Choices website, and the NHS 111 telephone number. Pharmacists are also available to provide free, confidential advice about common health problems such as coughs, colds and sore throats.”
The local NHS in Sefton is also reminding people that A&E and 999 services are for life-threatening and serious conditions.
Feeling Unwell? – Examine Your Options
Across the region, there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue.
Many pharmacies will be open throughout the bank holiday weekend and the best way to find out which pharmacy is open and when is to visit our 'Your Services Health page'.
Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can also help you to self-care and prepare for many common illnesses and offer advice on which medicines to keep in stock at home.
In Sefton – whilst all pharmacies provide advice and treatment for a range of minor illnesses and ailments, a number in Sefton offer Care at the Chemist, which ensures our most vulnerable patients who don't routinely pay for their prescriptions have free and easy access to over the counter medicines they may need without the need to see a doctor.
You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies in your local area by visiting www.nhs.uk. This useful website also includes a handy symptom checker.
When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.
If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.
Your Local GP
Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses you can’t treat yourself. Your GP is available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays.
If you don’t have a GP, you can register with your local surgery. If you’re not sure where this is, you can find out at www.nhs.uk or call 0300 77 77 007.
GP Out of Hours Service
If your local surgery is closed, you can still see a GP with the GP out-of-hours service; just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary.
It is very likely that you and your family will be seen and treated more quickly using the out-of-hours service than if you were waiting to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times.
Litherland Walk-in Centre is open 8 am – 8 pm every day. in Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Rd, L21 9JN. Call 0151 475 4667.
No matter where you live in Sefton you can simply drop in - there is no need for an appointment and all ages can get treatment here. The service treats minor illnesses and injuries that do not need a visit to accident and emergency (A&E). Remember A&E is for serious and life-threatening illnesses or injuries.
West Lancashire Health Centre – 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week
Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre – 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week
Manage your repeat prescriptions and make GP appointments from the comfort of your own home, without having to venture outside, by using the new FREE Patient Access website and smartphone app. Simply search for ‘Patient Access’ in the app store.
Remember though, if using Patient Access for the very first time, you will first have to contact your GP practice so that you can register to use the app.
For information about services that can help in south Sefton over the bank holiday please visit our 'Your Services Health page'.
What can be quintessentially more English than a sunny weekend game of cricket.?
This Saturday Formby CC 1st XI plays Rainhill in the L&DCC Premier League.
Formby will be looking to continue their good form following their rise to the top of the Premier League following their demolition of Rainford last week.
The match starts at 1:00 pm and entry is free. The clubhouse and bar are open all afternoon/evening, and spectators are welcome.
Cricket at Formby CC | Formby Cricket, Hockey & Squash Club This week, Formby CC 1st XI plays Rainhill in the L&DCC Premier League. Formby will be looking to continue their good form following their rise to the top of the Premier League.https://t.co/rXCESsC1PB