National Bike Week

This article was published in 1997, in Newsletter 12.


According to the Cyclists’ Touring Club, this year’s organisers, ‘National Bike Week is the time when, all over the UK, organisations and individuals get together to celebrate cycling and remind the public of its various advantages as a mode of transport’. For Cambridge Cycling Campaign, the week has a special significance, as it’s the anniversary of our launch in 1995.

This year, Bike Week is June 7-15, and we’ve organised an event for every day of the Week. We hope you will come along and join in the events – and especially get your friends and colleagues on their bikes, since one of the aims of the Week is to acquire some more converts.

The treat of the week is the Hobbs Pavilion Free Cyclists’ Breakfast, from 8 to 9 a.m. on Bike To Work Day, Wednesday 11. We’re expecting it to be busy, so get there early. Many thanks to Stephen and Susan Hill for so generously supporting the Campaign again this year.

Wednesday 11 also sees another special event – the ‘Cycling City Cinema’. Jane Alvey, of the East Anglian Film Archive, presents an evening of local bikes on film, including Cambridge street scenes from the thirties onwards. This starts at 7:30pm, at the Fisher Hall, which is behind the Lion Yard. (Admission is £2.50, or £2.00 for children and Campaign members).

This year we’re launching our Golden Bell and Chocolate Chain Awards. We need your nominations – see Golden Bell and Chocolate Chain Awards ’97 for details. The Awards Ceremony is on Friday 13, followed by a debate entitled ‘The National Cycling Strategy – Can Cambridge Double Cycling by 2002?’ The venue and date of this pair of events are still to be confirmed, so call us for final details.

On Saturday 7, we’ll be at Petty Cury all day, giving bikes free health checks at the ‘Dr Bike’ Clinic. If you know anyone who’s stopped cycling because of a puncture, push them along to us!

We’ll be venturing out into the countryside twice in the Week. On Sunday 8, we’re heading for tea at Anglesey Abbey. This will be a gentle ride, setting off from Brookside at 2 p.m.

Then on Tuesday 10, we’re having the Campaign Anniversary Picnic. We’ll set off from Parker’s Piece promptly at 6pm. It’ll be a Pot Luck – so if you can, bring something to share. If you’d like to check what others are contributing, give Anne Taylor a ring on 475000.

And finally, we’re rounding off the week with two events on Saturday 14.

The first, a Parade of Fancy Bikes, starts on Jesus Green at 1 p.m. If you’ve got an unusual or decorated bike, please take a look at the ‘Help Wanted’ section of this issue, to see how you can join in.

And lastly, we have the Family Treasure Hunt. Start from Mill Lane, at 2 p.m., to follow the clues and gather pieces of the jigsaw, watching out for mystery characters along the way.

Preparations are well under way for all these events – but we’re asking for volunteers to help on the day with a number of them. All the gory details are in ‘Help Wanted’.

If you need more information, phone 690718.