People who choose to use two wheels to get to work will be
treated to a free breakfast on Friday (22 June 2012) to mark
National Bike Week.
Peterborough City Council’s Travelchoice
team is hosting the ‘cyclist’s breakfast’ on Bridge Street,
Peterborough, between 7.45am and 9.15am.
Anyone who takes to their bike and cycles to work on Friday (22
June 2012), will be offered a free breakfast from the Cornish Pasty
Company. In addition, they will receive a free bike service from Dr
Bike, of Bristows Cycles.
Officers from Cambridgeshire Constabulary will also be offering
cycle security marking and the Travelchoice team will be giving
cycling advice and offering route planning expertise and the
opportunity to purchase discounted cycle maps.
Nigel North, Cabinet Adviser to the Leader, will also be
presenting a new bike to Ewan Mackenzie –Maltby, a Peterborough
school pupil, who won a cycling treasure hunt held during this
year’s Green Festival.
A number of other events have been taking place during National
Bike Week to encourage children to use their bikes. Peterborough
City Council’s Sustrans’ Bike It Officer has been running a variety
of events with school children throughout the week, including:
- ‘Learn to ride’ and puncture repair sessions for year four
pupils at William Law Primary School.
- ‘Transition rides’ have also been available for students in
year six moving from primary school to secondary school.
- Younger pupils at Braybrook Primary School and their parents
are taking part in an ‘off the stabilisers’ session.
- Welbourne Primary School has launched its golden lock scheme,
where pupils who cycle to school are entered into a prize
In addition, on Tuesday 26 June 2012, Sustrans and Travelchoice
will be leading a guided bike ride around John Clare Country,
Helpston. The route will start at Werrington Sports Centre at 6pm
and is a distance of approximately 12 miles. The cycle ride will be
at a steady pace and people of all abilities, especially families,
are encouraged to attend.
Marco Cereste, Leader of Peterborough City Council and
portfolio holder for the environment, said: “Supporting Bike Week
is a further addition to our reputation as the UK's environment
capital. The summer months are a great opportunity for people to
get on their bikes and enjoy the great outdoors. Using cycles
rather than cars is a great way to travel around Peterborough and
is a key way of easily reducing individual carbon footprints."
Matt Barber, Sustainable Travel Officer for
Peterborough City Council, said: “Bike Week is a national event and
even though it takes place only one week of the year, it is a great
opportunity to encourage everyone to give cycling a try, whether
it’s to work, school, or just to the local shops. The hope is that
people enjoy cycling so much that they continue for many years to
Peter Garnham, Peterborough City Council’s
Highways Maintenance Manager, said “The city council’s highways
inspectors have also been leading by example completing routine
inspections of the strategic cycle network on their bicycles.
“This is the first year that we have carried
out inspections of these cycleway routes by bike and it has proved
extremely useful, not only from the practical point of view but
also because the inspector has been able to experience the journey
from the cyclist’s perspective, which has offered some real
insights. We hope to do the same again during next year’s National
Bike Week and will certainly be better prepared for the changeable