Bike Week 15-23 June 2002

This article was published in 2002, in Newsletter 42.

It’s going to be our biggest and (weather permitting) best Bike Week yet, with on average one event per day. As usual the week is geared up to getting your bike into shape first at the Dr Bike event and then giving you plenty of (extra) reasons to use it during the week.

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These events are all designed to show how practical and enjoyable cycling can be and we hope there is something for everyone here. The week is organised by a dedicated team of volunteers and we need ever increasing numbers of volunteers to help promote the events and make sure they run smoothly. This year we are grateful to several organisations who have helped to sponsor the event and they are listed on the leaflet. There are plenty of opportunities for more helpers to join us, so don’t hesitate to contact us call phone (01223) 690718 and leave your contact details on our answer phone.

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Commuters enjoy a Bike2Work Breakfast at last year’s Bike Week.

The Bicycle Art Competition closing date was 25 May, and entries are featured at the Bike Week preview exhibition at the Central Library from 28 May to 6 June.

Dr Bike is famously one of our most popular events. It’s hard work for the bike doctors who perform detailed 29 point safety checks on bikes. Most of the bikes we get to see are in good condition, only needing adjustments to make them safe, and fit the rider. We don’t fix your bike, but we can tell you what it needs to make it better. Some of the bikes, though, haven’t seen a drop of oil in years, and could do with brake realignment and some air in the tyres. It often doesn’t cost much to have your bike restored to good working order and the discount sheet we hand out with your diagnosis is a passport to pedalling perfection.

Man on a penny-farthing

A children’s festival is happening on Jesus Green on the same day as Dr Bike. We’re giving you a good reason to avoid the congestion getting to the event by organising three rides to it. Starting from Fen Ditton, the Golden Hind and Cherry Hinton, experienced cyclists will lead you along the quieter cycle routes to Jesus Green. Please note that all bikes should be in safe working order for you to join in.

We expect the Cycle Try-out show to be our most popular event this year. So often you may have dreamed of owning a different type of bicycle, but, with some of the price tags, have been reluctant to take the plunge. At this event you can try as many bikes as you want it’s as much about having fun as exploring new dimensions of bicycles. Hosted by the Company of Cyclists, over 30 cycles will be available for you to try out on Parker’s Piece between 10 am and 4 pm.

There will also be transport bikes provided by www.dutchbike.co.uk, quality city bikes by Drakes Cycles and a variety of bikes for small children.

The full list of events is listed in the Campaign Diary, and they are all free to enter (except the film show).

Hope to see you at the events!

Simon Nuttall

With the printed version of this Newsletter are a poster and several Bike Week leaflets. Please hand these out to friends and put them up in prominent places.