Cycle September events in Cranbrook

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Posted on: 18 August 2017

Free guided cycle rides and bike hire will be offered in Cranbrook as part of Devon County Council’s Cycle September campaign.

Throughout September, the County Council will be promoting cycling and encouraging more people to cycle more often.

Free Dr Bike maintenance sessions will kick-off events in Cranbrook at the Younghayes Centre on Saturday 2 September and Sunday 3 September.

Free cycle to work rides starting at the Younghayes Centre will be offered on the following dates: Thursday 14 September, Friday 15 September, Monday 25 September, Tuesday 26 September and Wednesday 27 September.

The rides are an opportunity for people to try and commute into Exeter by bike and are suitable for all abilities. Meet at 7:00am for free croissants and coffee, the ride will depart at 7:30am and arrive in Exeter between 8:00am and 8:30am. Booking in advance essential. Click here.

Those who don’t have a bike, but would still like to join in, can take advantage of one week of free bike hire which is available exclusively to Cranbrook during September. For information on how to book click here.

The events are in addition to Devon County Council’s annual Cycle September challenge which is a fun, free competition to see which workplace can get the most staff riding during the month. Last year, more than 1,600 people from across Devon took part, collectively cycling more than 182,000 miles, or the equivalent of cycling around the world over seven times. You can register to take part at http://www.lovetoride.net/devon

Cranbrook residents will also be encouraged to take part in “Move More Week”, which encourages people to leave their cars at home and walk, cycle or scoot to any local club or activity they may attend. Those taking part can join in with an adventure walk en route, or games and activities to make the walk, scoot or bike ride to the club even more fun. See devon.cc/cranbrook for more details

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling, said: “The guided rides are a great opportunity for people of all abilities to cycle to work. We’re hoping that Cycle September will encourage people to take to two wheels and see how it can benefit their health and local environment while saving money.”

Councillor Sara Randall Johnson

Councillor Sara Randall Johnson

Councillor Sara Randall Johnson, Devon County Councillor for Cranbrook, said: “For those who haven’t cycled for a while, Dr Bike is a chance to get your bike running smoothly and the guided rides could give you a confidence boost to get back in the habit of cycling.”

Cllr Ray Bloxham

Councillor Ray Bloxham, Devon County Councillor for Cranbrook, said: “Cycling, whether recreational or commuting to work, is a fantastic way to help develop a healthy lifestyle and prevent diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and reduce the risk of having a stroke.”

Cycle September is part of a package of measures being delivered by Devon County Council using Access Funding from the Department for Transport to encourage more people to travel by bike. For more information and to register go to devon.cc/cranbrook

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