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Get in gear for National Bike Week

8 June 2016

Residents are being urged to get on their bike and enjoy a number of specialist events to mark National Bike Week next week.

 

Cycling events for both adults and children will be running in Essex throughout the week of Saturday, 11 June to Sunday, 19 June.
 
 
Keen cyclists are also being encouraged to try out cutting edge cycling infrastructure in the county including the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Biking Course at Hadleigh Park and the new Wivenhoe Cycle Path, linking Wivenhoe and the University of Essex.
 
 
For those wanting to get fit on the way to work, Active Essex is supporting the Cycle for Health challenge.
 

The two-week challenge runs from 11 – 25 June offering prizes to those who sign up online and log their cycling activity. More information is available at http://www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/activeessex/.
 
 
Those who like to mix exercise with enjoying Essex eateries can join The Cake Escape.
 
 
The joint venture between Essex County Council and Sustrans encourages riders to cycle to participating cafes within the Essex countryside and earn rewards including free cake. Information on how to join in is available at http://www.thecakeescape.org.uk/.
Other events throughout National Bike Week include:
 

Saturday, 11 June:

Billericay Patient Participation & Wellbeing Event
  •  For ages 13 and up
  • Led rides between 11am - 12noon & 1pm - 2pm
  • Canon Roche Social Centre, Billericay, CM12 9LL
  • Colchester Young Children’s Festival
  • Cycle Colchester stall - cycle-inspired art activity led by local artist Clare Marsh
  • Young children
  • 10.30am - 4pm
  • Castle Park, Colchester, CO1 1UG
 

Sunday, 12 June:

Inclusive Cycling Taster Session
 
  • For ages 4 and up
  • Free try-outs of adapted trikes and bikes from 11am - 2pm
  • Thorndon Country Park North, Brentwood, CM13 3RZ

 

Monday, 13 June

  • Kickstarter Bike Project
  • • Ages 14-15
  • • Led ride and basic bike maintenance session from 4.30pm - 6pm or 6:30 - 8pm
  • • Thorndon Country Park North, Brentwood, CM13 3RZ

 

Tuesday, 14 June

  • Advanced Health Ride
  • Led ride for experienced off-road cyclists
  • Age 18+
  • 10am - 12pm
  • Thorndon Country Park North, Brentwood, CM13 3RZ
  • Inclusive Cycling Open Session
  • Bike and trike rides for all abilities
  • Age 18+
  • 1.15pm – 2.30pm
  • Thorndon Country Park North, Brentwood, CM13 3RZ

 

Thursday, 16 June

  • Advanced Health Ride
  • Led ride for experienced off-road cyclists
  • Age 18+
  • 10am - 12pm
  • Thorndon Country Park North, Brentwood, CM13 3RZ
  • Beginner Health Ride
  • Led ride for novice off-road cyclists
  • Age 18+
  • 1pm - 2:30pm
  • Thorndon Country Park North, Brentwood, CM13 3RZ

 

Sunday, 19 June

The BIG Sunday, Colchester
 
  • Cycle Colchester stall – cycle-inspired art activity led by local artist Clare Marsh
  • Children and adults
  • 12 noon – 6pm
  • The Waiting Room, the old bus station, Queen Street, Colchester, CO1 2PJ
  • Colchester Bike Kitchen – help with simple bike repairs
  • All ages, bring your bike
  • 12 noon – 6pm
  • The Waiting Room, the old bus station, Queen Street, Colchester, CO1 2PJ
 
 
For those who are less confident on two wheels, the Safer Essex Roads Partnership provide Bikeability (previously known as ‘cycling proficiency’) courses to help give riders more confidence on the road.
 
 
Visit https://saferessexroads.org/road-users/cycling/ or email roadsafety@essexhighways.org for  information on local courses.
 
 
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Sport and Physical Activity, said: “Cycling is not only an easy way of getting from A to B, but also a great way of staying fit and healthy.
 
 
“In recent years Essex County Council has launched a number of schemes to create dedicated cycleways across the county and make it as easy as possible for people to get on their bikes and get active. We are offering more courses this year, including some one-to-one training to get people started, and will be joining Active Essex in supporting people to develop their cycling skills by getting involved with local cycling clubs and events.
 
 
“National Bike Week is the perfect time to dig your bike out of the shed and take it out for a spin.”