The month of June is your time to get those calf muscles pumping with 300 cycling events taking place in every Greater Manchester area. Created by Manchester Friends of the Earth, Bike Month is a movement to urge people to cycle for more of their journeys. Whether it’s reducing harmful emissions, easing congestion or encouraging better health, the organisation is determined to bring everyone together to invest in a greener and healthier future. The month’s sessions include adult cycle training, social events, cycle maintenance plus more (full calendar here), but here’s our top three picks:

Discovery Ride (East Didsbury)
An hour-long excursion led by experienced ride leaders, this is a great opportunity to get some cycling confidence, explore the local area and meet the locals. Bikes and helmets are available, and booking is required.
Sat 7 Jun, Meet at Parrs Wood High School, Wilmslow Road, Parrs Wood, M20 5PG, 11am-12pm, FREE (must book),

Public BMX Taster Track Sessions (Indoor Track)
Fancy yourself a bit of a trickster on the two-wheeler? Have a go on the Velodrome’s BMX track (pictured), which caters for riders of any ability (though these sessions are aimed at starters). Advanced booking and pre-payment is required.
Every Sat & Sun throughout Jun, National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street, Eastlands, M11 4DQ, Tel: 0161 230 2300, 3pm – 4pm, Call for prices,

History Bike Tour
A mini education on wheels as you ride and learn about some of the women who played key roles in the suffrage movement, and also some of the challenges facing today’s elite women cyclists.
Sun 15 Jun, Gallery of Costume, Platt Fields Park, Rusholme, M14 5LL, Tel: 07828 466 999, 10.30am – 3.30pm, FREE (must book),

Sun 1 Jun - Mon 30 Jun
Edwina Chan
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Tue 3 Jun 2014