A series of cycle roadshows are being held across the country by Cycle Experience as part of National Bike Week, in a bid to encourage people to try cycling and learn how to stay safe.
Bike Week is an annual event designed to “show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life”. The organisers say it is the UK’s biggest nationwide mass participation cycling event, and hope that more than 500,000 people will join in hundreds of events across the UK.
Bike Week 2014 (14-22 June) is setting out to overcome ‘Bike Blight’ and in doing so “help revive the multitude of unused bikes which have been left in sheds or chained outside”, rendering them unusable.
At the roadshows, Cycle Experience trainers are giving children and adults of all ages the opportunity to use a range of cycles including a child-carrying trailer, balance bikes for toddlers, a trailer-bike and a tandem.
Slow bicycle races, relay races and other games are on the agenda at the roadshows along with the chance to learn more about the Bikeability training scheme, Safe Routes to School, School Travel Plans, Bike It and Go Ride.
The roadshows are being held in locations including Wokingham, Lambeth, Aldershot, Merthyr Tydfil, Fleet, Andover, Winchester and Haringey.
Nick Moon, Cycling Experience, said: “The cycle roadshows are designed to be a fun experience when people of all ages try out a wide range of bicycles and get advice and guidance from our experienced staff.
”It is a great way to encourage and inspire people to cycle more often.”
Cycle Experience, part of the TTC Group, delivers National Standard (Bikeability) cycle training to more than 20,000 children and adults each year, and runs schools, workplace and community based ‘Try Cycling’ programmes.