The Millennium Festival of Cycling

This article was published in 2000, in Newsletter 28.

Millennium Festival of Cycling logo

This grand (literally!) sounding title is the name given to this year’s National Bike Week (NBW). It will be a week in June when cycling will be promoted nationally by a series of high profile events: Sustrans will be celebrating the opening of the first sections of their 5,000-mile National Cycle Network under the banner of ‘Ride the Net’, CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club) (who normally organise NBW) will hold a three-day rally in York, and MPs will have their own bike rides in the national assembly cities of Westminster, Edinburgh and Cardiff.

What is the point of it all?

They say that you never forget how to ride a bike. Well that may be true, but I think that too many people who drive forget to ride a bike ever again. Nationally promoted cycling events can prompt people to dig their bike out of the garage, fix that puncture and get riding. Mass participation events demonstrate that cyclists are numerous enough to contribute to traffic reduction and so deserve adequate provision on the road network.

Members of the Cycling Campaign have been accused of being ‘fast cyclists’ or ‘atypical cyclists’ – comments directed at watering down our lobbying power. That is not my experience and the wonderful media coverage of members of all ages and sizes enjoying the Free Breakfast at Hobbs Pavilion over the past few years goes a long way to rebutting that.

What will be going on in Cambridge?

Well that’s largely up to you, dear members! Each year since its inception the Campaign has organised a packed series of events during National Bike Week in early June. In the past these have included ‘Cycling City Cinema’, ‘Bike to Work Day’, ‘Free Breakfast for Cyclists’, ‘Children’s Art Competition’ and the popular ‘Doctor Bike’. These events have all been conceived, organised, promoted and implemented through the efforts of members like you.

What’s involved?

The Campaign can draw on the experience of four years of organising NBW. This enables us to arrange our regular events relatively smoothly. However we are keen to bring fresh events to NBW every year and fresh ideas come best when there are new faces involved in the planning. The events are planned through a series of informal and friendly meetings held monthly until June.

How can I help?

The next meeting will be held at 100 Thoday Street, Cambridge from 7.30 pm on Wednesday 9 February – call Simon phone 500902 for more details.

More information

The Millennium Festival of Cycling is 17-25 June 2000

Simon Nuttall phone 500902 e-mail