National Bike Week: 12-20 June

This article was published in 1999, in Newsletter 24.

National Bike Week is fast approaching, and we have a variety of events lined up.

Saturday 12 June: Start Cycling Fair, 10 am until mid-afternoon, Market Square, Cambridge. We will have activities aimed at helping cyclists start commuting:

  • Dr Bike will do a 29-point safety check on your bike, pointing out any potential problem.
  • Our regular stall will be there, and route planners at the stall will help with choosing a route for people who would like to cycle to work, but who are not sure of the best way to get there.

Dr Bike will need some ‘nurses’ to help out, and we will need route planners. If you can help with this, please contact Lisa Woodburn ( e-mail jameswoodburn@talk21.com or phone 245566).

Sunday 13 June: Leisurely ride to Willer’s Mill Wildlife Park, where you will get £1 off the price of admission. Willer’s Mill is one of the many venues around East Anglia offering a discount if you come by bike. Distance about 20-25 miles. Meet at 2 pm at the Lensfield Road end of Brookside, near the bench.

Cycling breakfast

Wednesday 16 June: Cyclists’ Breakfast, 8-9 am, courtesy of Hobbs Pavilion restaurant. This is ‘Bike to Work Day’ and if you can persuade your friends to try cycling, they too can get a free breakfast. We will need helpers for this. If you have some time that morning, please contact Clare ( phone 501050, e-mail macrae@ccdc.cam.ac.uk).

Sunday 20 June: Train-assisted all-day leisurely ride in Norfolk. We plan to catch the 10.53 train from Cambridge to King’s Lynn and then cycle 30 miles or so of the Sustrans Hull to Fakenham cycle route, which forms part of the National Cycle Network. The route will be via Sandringham, Castle Rising, Dersingham, Ingoldisthorpe, Snettisham and Sedgeford. There will be an option to visit the Caley Mill Lavender Distillery at Heacham, and we might get to the coast! Return trains are hourly from King’s Lynn 17.40 to 21.40 arriving in Cambridge at 26 minutes past the hour. It should be an enjoyable day out. Please bring lights and perhaps a packed lunch. Meet at Cambridge railway station in time to buy tickets and catch the 10.53. Don’t forget to bring a railcard if you have one.

During the whole week various attractions around Cambridge will be offering free or reduced entry to anyone arriving by bike. Full details are on our National Bike Week pages.

Myra Van Inwegen and Sarah Elsegood