Kingston GPs to encourage cycling to help tackle health problems

GP's in Kingston are to encourage patients to take up cycling as a way of tackling health problems, and help them lead healthier lifestyles.

The Go Cycle sustainable travel team has joined forces with public health colleagues to further expand the current Get Active Exercise Referral Programme, which involves GPs referring patients to take up cycling to improve health through an increase in physical activity. 

This is the first time cycling has been provided as an option for referral as part of the programme.

Referrals are accepted from GPs and a range of specialist health professionals, including physiotherapists, mental health professionals, dieticians and allied health professionals. The programme offers a number of opportunities to patients who have been referred for a variety of health conditions including mental health, diabetes, weight management, high blood pressure, and/or inactive lifestyles to increase their physical activity levels as a way of managing and improving their health.

You can read more about the programme here.


Become a cycling instructor

If you love cycling, you might consider becoming a cycling instructor. Whether you would like to make it a full-time job or you just want to pass on some skills at your local school or youth club, undertaking the National Standard Instructor training is the first step.

Kingston is the only London borough recognised as an instructor training organisation (ITO). Since 2007, we have trained more than 300 instructors for local authorities and independent providers.

You can read more about our training here, and learn more about being a Bikeability Instructor here

Get involved?

Cycling is a fantastic way to exercise, travel, and enjoy the great outdoors. Wind in the hair (under your helmet of course), sunglasses on, and a picnic in your bag. However, not everyone sees it this way.

Therefore, CycleKingston is appealing to you to share the good, the bad (and the ugly?!) We want to hear your cycling experiences, news and showcase success stories along the way too.

If you have material you think we should feature on the website, drop us an email on with the information and some images and we'll do our best to feature them.