Cambridge Festival of Cycling

This article was published in 2001, in Newsletter 36.

The Cambridge Festival of Cycling takes place this year from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 June. This is a week-long celebration of cycling in all its guises: as fun, exercise and as effective transportation around the city. We have events planned for everyone, from the dedicated cycle commuter to people who haven’t been on a bike in years.

As always, we need your help to make this work. The main thing we need is publicity. Tell your friends about the events, and put up the enclosed poster somewhere in a public place. Good places for a poster are your place of work, your favourite newsagent, local bakery, bike shed, car park, wherever it’s likely to be seen.

We’ll also need volunteers for the things like checking cycles at Dr. Bike, helping set up the breakfast at Hobbs Pavilion, handing out leaflets, and so on. If you can help, even for a couple of hours, please contact Lisa Woodburn e-mail phone (01223) 245566.

Event summary

Cycling Exhibition

Displays promoting cycling in and near Cambridge and the work of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign. Monday 11 June to Friday 22 June. 1st week (11th to 16th) at Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard; 2nd week (18th to 22nd) inside the Guildhall.

Dr. Bike

Give your bike a health check. We’ll point out anything that could give you problems and give you hints on how to keep your bike in good working condition. Also, you can get your bike postcoded for added security. Saturday 16 June, 10 am to 3 pm Guildhall Street, Cambridge (near the Petty Cury corner of Market Square).

Cycle Try-out Show

Ever fancied a go on a recumbent bike? A multi-passenger bike? A bike pulling a trailer? A folding bicycle? This is your chance to try a variety of practical and fanciful bikes for free. Sunday 17 June, 10 am to 4 pm Addenbrooke’s Hospital grounds.

Picnic Ride

Take a short jaunt along the Roman Road, stop for a picnic dinner (bring it with you!), head back to town. Less than 15 miles in total at a leisurely pace, a good family event. We should get back before dark so no need for lights. Monday 18 June, starting 6 pm, finishing roughly 9 pm; meet at Hobbs Pavilion.

Free Cyclists’ Breakfast

Cycle to work and get a free breakfast at Hobbs Pavilion Restaurant. This is in celebration of Bike To Work Day. Wednesday 20 June, 8 to 9 am (while stocks last!) Hobbs Pavilion Restaurant, on Parker’s Piece.

Windmill Ride

Led by a local windmill detective, this all-day ride will explore the mills of the Fens at a very leisurely pace. It will include plenty of stops for refreshment and the opportunity to see eight windmills. Bring a picnic lunch. Flour available for sale at working mills. About 50 miles in length; Sunday 24 June, starting 9.30 am at Hobbs Pavilion.


We’re not sure what the film will be, but the Arts Picture House have promised to put on a bike-related film for us during the Festival of Cycling. Film details available soon. Check out the Arts Picture House Web pages or phone phone (01223) 504444. Arts Picture House, Regent Street (above Wetherspoon’s Regal), Cambridge.

For more info, visit the Cambridge Festival of Cycling Web pages or phone Catherine Harvey phone (01223) 712455.

Myra Van Inwegen