If they can tear themselves away from all the goodies on offer at this year’s Cycle Show, visitors can cycle around London – without leaving Earls Court.
As part of its continuing efforts to push the benefits of cycle commuting, Transport for London has set up indoor commuter and children’s tracks at the sell out event.
The adult cycle track takes a lighthearted look at different road and weather conditions cyclists can experience on their way from home to work. Children visiting the show can ride around a scaled-down London, complete with mini versions of Big Ben and Tower Bridge.
Bikes will be available to anyone wanting to take a spin and Bikeability trained cycling instructors will be on hand to offer advice and support.
Jenny Jones, the Mayor of London’s green transport advisor, said, “2007 has been the year of the bike with London hosting the Tour de France Grand Depart, the start of the Tour of Britain and the Hovis London Freewheel. These events have all helped to build on the real enthusiasm for cycling in the capital, leading to a massive 83 per cent increase in cycling. Transport for London’s commuter and children’s cycle test tracks at the Cycle Show are a fun way of encouraging people to start cycling to school or work, and I hope people will come down, have a go and decide to try it themselves for real.”
Tour de France fans can also re-live this summer’s Tour de France Grand Depart weekend at the Cycle Show, at a retrospective exhibit in the entrance hall of Earls Court.
All of the cycling events held in London this year have been part of Mayor Ken Livingstone’s push to promote bike commuting in the congested UK capital. At September’s Freewheel some 40,000 cyclists were given free reign on a 15km circuit around key landmarks, which had been closed to traffic for the day. Cycling in the city has risen dramatically since 2000, but still only five per cent of Londoners regularly travel by bike.
For more 2007 trade show coverage, see BikeRadar’s Interbike and Eurobike sections.