Successful Cycle Sunday gets people on their bikes

Cycle Sunday BarnstapleCycle Sunday Barnstaple

Posted on: 22 September 2015

More than 1,000 people attended the Cycle Sunday event in Barnstaple at the weekend (Sunday 20 September).

Crowds made the most of the fun activities on offer at the free celebration of cycling at Rock Park.

The one-day event, organised by a partnership including Devon County Council, Westcountry Cycle Training, the Department for Transport, and sponsored by Barnstaple Town Council, aimed to inspire more people to cycle more often.

Throughout the day, Britain’s elite mountain bike trials professional Andrei Burton wowed the crowds with his spectacular display of skills, and the crazy bike cycle circus entertained adults and children alike.

There was the chance for people to join in as well, with the free one-hour cycle hire proving popular with people taking a ride along the Tarka Trail, and children taking part in the Bike around Barnstaple ride with Sustrans.

Go Ride races, organised by Taw Velo Cycle Club, gave the opportunity for around 25 under-16s to have a go at cycle racing. While almost a quarter of the 50 mums who visited the Active Mums stand expressed an interest in becoming “ride leaders”.

More than 200 people experienced the blind spots faced by lorry drivers by sitting in a William C. Hockin lorry, the Police also provided security marking on around 125 bikes, and almost 120 people took their bikes for a check-up at the Dr Bike service provided by Bike Shed and Carb Cycles.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling, said: “This was a great family occasion with plenty going on to remind people of the many benefits of cycling. I’m delighted that there was such an impressive turnout and hopefully it has encouraged more people to either cycle more regularly, or to dust off their bike in the shed and rediscover cycling.”

Councillor John Mathews, Devon County Councillor for Barnstaple South, said: “It was very pleasing to see so many people of all ages at the event in Rock Park last Sunday. It was a fun event but with a serious message, to get on your bike for the benefit of your health and the environment.”

Councillor Brian Greenslade, Devon County Councillor for Barnstaple North, said: “This was a really well supported and well received event which people clearly enjoyed. Devon County Council has long promoted cycling in and around Barnstaple and it’s good to see the everyday use by cyclists. Buying up the rail track bed for the Tarka Trail in 1986 was one of the best things Devon County Council has done. Congratulations to the organisers and thank you to the team from the County Council for their work in making this happen.”

Other activities during the day included a Tarka Treasure Trail, organised by North Devon Biosphere, and an Art Cycle Trail, organised in partnership with a number of local community groups and volunteers. The Ist Landkey Guides were also on hand to help dozens of children make bicycle seats for their teddies.

Devon County Council’s Travel Devon team provided information on cycle routes and cycle training.

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