Cycling Fun for All at Victoria Park

People of all ages enjoyed cycling for fun at Victoria Park’s Summer Fayre last week.

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Young and old alike enjoyed the array of cycling activities on offer from The Bridgwater Way (TBW). These included pedal-powered smoothie-making, pedal-powered racing in a velodrome and with Scalextric cars, a pedal-powered bike simulator, plus an extreme try-out track for the brave!

For less confident or inexperienced cyclists, trikes were on offer for a three-wheeled experience – and visitors could also get their bike fixed for free by Dr Bike.

Celebrating The Bridgwater Way Cycle Challenge, scores of Bridgwater residents signed up to the free cycling competition to win a new bike, a trip to New Zealand, or one of the many fantastic prizes.

Locally, more than 200 people have signed up so far, and more than 25 local businesses or organisations.

It’s really easy to enter, simply register and log your cycle rides until Sunday 28 June. Even if you’re only on your bike for 10 minutes, it still counts.  Visit www.lovetoride.net/bridgwater to register.

Cllr David Fothergill, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Somerset County Council, said: “The Bridgwater Cycle Challenge is a great incentive to try a new way of getting around in Bridgwater. Cycling is good for your health, saves you money and time – as well as helping to reduce traffic congestion. It’s good for the environment too.”

The Bridgwater Cycle Challenge is just one of many planned activities by The Bridgwater Way project, funded by the Department for Transport. The initiative is transforming travel in the town, making it easier and safer to walk or cycle. As well as developing miles of new and improved cycle paths, TBW works with residents, businesses and schools to promote safer travel.

The project is being delivered through a partnership of Somerset County Council, Sustrans and Sedgemoor District Council.

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Notes to editors

The Bridgwater Way is a £4 million project, being led by Somerset County Council in partnership with Sustrans and Sedgemoor District Council. Funding has come from the Department of Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), successfully bid for by Somerset County Council and Sustrans. www.thebridgwaterway.co.uk

Other aspects of the project include:
• Businesses travel planning to improve the commute to work and prepare for major investment
• Bike It Plus (provided by Sustrans) – Work with schools to encourage pupils to be more active on their journey to school and to promote alternatives to the car.
• Sky Ride Local (provided by British Cycling/Sky) – Free British Cycling-guided rides for different abilities throughout the summer and into October. Find out more at www.goskyride.com
• Cycle services – Help and training for cycle repairs and maintenance is being given to schoolchildren across the area through the popular Dr Bike scheme. Similar support is available to businesses in the area through a ‘repair and ride’ scheme, which can tackle up to 20 bikes at a time.

Anyone can take part in a cycle training and road safety session. These can be tailored to all abilities and ages, and can be on a one-to-one basis, or for a small group or family.