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11 Mar 2020

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5 Mar 2020

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Cycling Industry Unites to Launch #BikeIsBest Campaign

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

- 50 industry organisations join forces to launch "the most extensive coordinated promotional campaign for cycling since the 1970s"
- Multi channel approach includes hero film, digital advertising, billboards, TV ads and organic sharing used to reach new riders
- Public urged to pledge their support via new informative microsite

 

The ACT and other leading voices from the cycle industry have joined forces to show that #BikeIsBest in a new multi-format campaign designed to show the British public that there's never been a better time to ride a bike.

In the UK, two thirds (68%) of all journeys are under 5 miles; a distance that can be easily cycled by most people. Having been forced during the lockdown to experience what a life of active travel could resemble, there is a unique opportunity to effect long-term change and help more people realise the many benefits of cycling.

The campaign shows that contrary to popular opinion, you don't have to be ‘a cyclist' to ride a bike. You don't need to ride fast, far or wear Lycra to make a difference. Every person on a bike is contributing towards cleaner air, gridlock free cities and more available space on public transport.

Believing that #BikeIsBest, many of the cycling industry's biggest voices have joined forces to launch a collaborative campaign encouraging the public to take control of their travel and help reshape a ‘new normal'.

The campaign has been described as "the most extensive coordinated promotional campaign for cycling since the 1970s", with #BikeIsBest unifying brands, retailers, organisations and influencers in order to actively promote cycling to a new demographic. Using an inspirational film, digital advertising aimed at non-cyclists and organic sharing amongst the campaign's network, organisers Fusion Media will use a variety of channels and techniques to reach the hearts and minds of the public.

At the heart of the #BikeIsBest campaign is an inspirational film produced by HUMAN. Creative that is designed to promote behaviour change and avoid returning to our transport status quo. The project is supported by environmental psychologist Dr Ian Walker with the film contrasting the two different paths that lie ahead, featuring a protagonist returning to "normal" in search of so-called freedom - only to be met by crowded trains, traffic jams and endless waiting - before showing viewers the many benefits that cycling could yield.

 

 

A microsite has also been created to help educate potential new riders about the many benefits of cycling and help break down perceived barriers to getting on a bike. Utilising new and existing content from the 50 industry supporters, visitors can access a plethora of helpful tips and guides to support new riders in their journey towards more active travel. The microsite also includes a pledge system encouraging non-riders to mark their commitment to getting out of their cars, or off public transport, to give cycling short journeys a go. For those that are already on two wheels, there is also the option to pledge practical support and inspiration to others so that more people can discover why #BikeIsBest.

Adam Tranter, Founder and CEO of Fusion Media, the agency coordinating the campaign, commented: "It is truly fantastic to see many cycling industry brands unite with a common goal of seizing this once in a generation opportunity. Together, we have a real chance to change behaviours, perceptions and make the world a better place as we go. This multichannel campaign would not be possible if it wasn't for the prompt cooperation and foresight from our industry partners; we all know #BikeIsBest and now we have our best shot at telling others, creating widespread awareness of the many benefits cycling has to offer."

More information on the #BikeIsBest campaign can be found on the microsite here: www.bikeisbest.com

 

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