Free fun to be had at Travelchoice's Summer Fiesta

A car share cinema screening of the latest Star Wars film, bike health checks, kart racing and the return of the popular cycle cinema are among the events taking place as part of Travelchoice's Summer Fiesta.

All the events are free to attend and are being organised by Peterborough City Council's Travelchoice team which is responsible for reducing car usage and promoting walking, cycling, car sharing and other low carbon travel options.

The programme of events kicks off with a treasure hunt and bike health checks on Saturday (30 July) at 10.30am at Railworld on Oundle Road. Children will also have the chance to let off some steam on the play bus.

At 2pm people are invited to join a walk to The Green Backyard, foraging on the way for items that can be included on homemade stone fired pizzas. Once at The Green Backyard foragers will be able to cook their pizzas whilst listening to pedal-powered music.

The Summer Fiesta continues the following day (31 July), with teams of staff from local businesses including Perkins and the city council battling it out in a KMX kart race at Serpentine Green shopping centre car park at 6pm. People are invited to watch the racing and have a go on a range of bikes including hand pedalled and tandems.

Other events taking place include:

  • Friday 5 August - Travelchoice business lunch at the Town Hall, Bridge Street, at 12.30pm. The event is for local businesses to learn more about how travel planning can help their company and employee initiatives such as car sharing and lunchtime walks.
  • Saturday 6 August - Giant outdoor cycle cinema showing of Inside Out at Hampton Community Sports Association Centre at 7.30pm. There will be free popcorn and face painting.
  • Friday 12 August - Car share cinema showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Peterborough Garden Park at 8.30pm.
  • Saturday 13 August - As part of the PECT Green Festival, artist Jacqui Jones has made origami boats to highlight the impact of climate change and the risk of potential future rising sea levels. Her art work will be located at various points near the river across the city centre. Jacqui will also be leading workshops so people can make their own boats.  
  • Saturday 13 August - The Travelchoice team will be in Cathedral Square between 10am and 4pm entertaining shoppers with Rollapaluza cycle sprints, a smoothie bike and a pedal-powered iPod and rowing machine which inform about the carbon emissions from different travel modes. They'll also be talking to people about various travel options.
  • Tuesday 16 August - The Big Diesel Debate will take place at the Town Hall, Bridge Street, at 6.30pm. Debated will be whether the rise of diesel has had a detrimental or positive impact on society and what the future of sustainable travel could look like.

Councillor Peter Hiller, cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development, said: "There will always be a need for us to use our cars, but we want people to consider other forms of transport which as well as being kinder to the environment can also be cheaper, healthier and sometimes more fun.

"Travelchoice's Summer Fiesta has become an established fixture on the city's events calendar with families looking forward, in particular, to the outdoor cinema screenings. What's even better is that all the events are free to attend. 

"While there is an emphasis on having fun, the Travelchoice team will share the message of the importance of reducing the need to travel by car and using sustainable transport. As well as being a more convenient, enjoyable, healthy and economical way to live, it matches our aspirations to create the UK’s Environment Capital." 

For more information about all the Summer Fiesta events visit the Travelchoice website.

You can also keep up to date on all the event details by following @pcctravelchoice on Twitter or by liking travelchoicepcc on Facebook.

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