Londoners invited to celebrate the “freedom” of the bike
FROM TRYING out a Penny Farthing or tandem, to cycling by the river, to a dramatic opera cycle, Bike Week 2005 in London will give people a chance to enjoy biking at its best.
Hundreds of volunteers from the London Cycling Campaign are organising a diverse and ambitious series of events. Whether you would like to cycle to a picnic in the park, pick up tips from fellow cyclists at a commuter breakfast or just learn how to fix your bike, there will be an event for you.
Tom Bogdanowicz, LCC campaigns and development manager, said: “This celebration of cycling has become one of the highlights of the year. There are some wonderful rides to go on and the week will give people who are new to cycling the chance to discover the great advantages and freedom of getting out on your bike.”
Bike Week, the UK’s annual celebration of cycling, will be held from Saturday June 11 to Sunday June 19. It will comprise of more than 2,000 local bike events which are expected to attract at least 300,000 cyclists.
One of the flagship events of Bike Week in London will be BikeFest in Trafalgar Square on Sunday June 12. It will be include street performers on bikes, cycle art and a performance on bikes of parts of Wagner’s opera Ring Cycle by students from the National Opera School in Wandsworth.
London Cycling Campaign will have a stall at the BikeFest. The free London Cycle Route Guides will be available along with a wide selection of London Cycling Campaigns’s free advice booklets.
Planned rides include a family ride and picnic on Sunday June 12, which starts at Ealing with a stop at Pitshanger Park for lunch. On the same day, Southwark Cyclists will be lead a “green garter” ride which will go through some of the green spaces in south London en route to the BikeFest.
One of the highlights for children will be the “Cycle the Wandle” ride, also on June 12. The ride along the Wandle valley in south London is suitable for children as young as six and people with adaptive cycles (specialised bikes for people with disabilities).
On Monday June 13, there will be a chance to explore one of London’s most beautiful routes with the Lazy Lea Valley Ride, an easy evening ride along the Lea Valley. On Saturday June 18, there will be a “Biodiversity Bike Ride”, which will be a tour of Islington’s hidden green spaces with an ecology expert.
Bike Week will also include cyclists’ breakfasts for commuters, “Dr Bike” workshops and the chance to try different types of cycles. Bike for Fun at Kennington Park on Saturday June 18 will give people the chance to try tandems, tricycles, circus bikes, recumbents (bikes in which you lie down) and even a Penny Farthing. Philip Loy, one of the organizers of Bike for Fun, said: “Everyone will have the chance to try out a huge range of bikes which are great fun to ride, although the Penny Farthing can be a bit tricky to get on. We will also give advice to anyone who wants to buy a bike.”
Bike Week was first started in 1923. It aims this year to promote “everyday cycling for health and fitness” and to encourage more people to cycle more often.
For more details on events visit the Bike Week website www.bikeweek.org.uk