Pedal power pulls-in the crowds for Bike Week
27 June 2012
Would-be cyclists have been encouraged to get into cycling with
a series of activities, such riding a giant, seven-seat,
pedal-powered machine, at events in town centres and workplaces
across Kent as part of national Bike Week.
The events also included ‘Bike Breakfasts’ to fuel and reward
participants, ‘BikeFix’ sessions to make sure cycles are fine-tuned
and roadworthy and ‘Cycle Try-outs’ with a range of cycles to suit
every taste and ability.
Residents were also encouraged to take to two wheels for the
journey to work, cutting congestion, reducing carbon emissions and
supporting a healthy and active lifestyle during the 16-24 June
Bike Week, which was backed by Kent County Council.
Kent County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Environment,
Highways and Waste, David Brazier, who is also the council’s
champion for cycling, said:
“More and more people are turning to cycling for a wide variety
of positive reasons and events, such as Bike Week, can only further
promote the sport."
“Cycling offers a wide range of benefits and Kent is doing much
to promote the sport. One of the most significant is the opening of
Cyclopark, near Gravesend, which is Europe’s largest cycling park.
This is the most significant Olympic sporting legacy in Kent and
one that generations of cyclists will enjoy.”
Cyclopark hosts state-of-the-art mountain-bike, circuit or road
and BMX courses, a skate park, a multi-use basketball court and a
children’s adventure playground. It is also equipped with specially
adapted cycles and leaders who are trained by the national ‘Wheels
for All’ initiative.
Kent County Council is also working in partnership with British
Cycling to provide a series of free, community rides across the
county that are being run under the Sky Ride Local scheme. They
will offer a great way of getting out and exploring your local area
and meeting like-minded people.
British Cycling trained ride leaders – friendly local volunteers
who want to share their enthusiasm and knowledge – will guide
participants along a variety of fascinating rural and urban routes.
They will be on hand to provide friendly encouragement and guidance
and there will be rides for all ages and abilities. In addition,
there will be a number of "community bike workshops" to recycle and
repair bikes so that everyone can get involved.
For more information about Sky Ride Local, visit the
Skyride website. For more
information about Cyclopark, please visit the Cyclopark website.