Thousands of people around the country will take to their bikes to help tackle climate change as part of CycleHero Week (14-22 July 2007).

CycleHero Week rides will range from short distance ambles for beginners to off-road outings for skilled mountain bikers. Details of all CycleHero rides can be viewed at www.cyclehero.com.

The event is inspired by a film commercial currently been shown in cinemas across the country. The 60-second film is called CycleHero and tells the story of a ?cycling pied piper? who gathers cyclists as she makes her way from a polluted and gridlocked city into the open spaces of the countryside. The CycleHero film can be viewed at www.cyclehero.com.

CycleHero Week organiser, Adrian Dent, said: ?It?s easy for anybody to become a Cycle Hero – if more people left their car in the garage and grabbed a bike from the shed, we?d be well on our way to tackling Climate Change.?

CTC, the UK?s national cyclists? organisation, believes that cycling is a realistic way of helping to tackle Climate Change. More than four million people currently use their cars to drive less than three miles to work ? the same commute undertaken by bicycle would take an average person 20 minutes and the amount of CO2 a couple would save over the course of a year is equivalent to the weight of a small car.

Visitors to www.cyclehero.com have the chance to enter a competition to win a £1,500 Specialized mountain bike.