National Bike Week Events

This article was published in 1996, in Newsletter 6.

National Bike Week is June 1st – 9th and the Cycling Campaign is running a programme of events during the week, which is our first birthday. 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 converts.

Let’s get the fun events and public events in first… The highlight of the week will be on Wednesday 5th which has been designated Bike To Work Day. Come and join lots of other cyclists on their way to work at The Cyclists’ Breakfast, kindly hosted by Hobbs Pavilion restaurant on Parkers Piece. It’s free, so get there early. 8am to 9am. Get a flash certificate to say you cycled to work to hang on your office wall.

Happening simultaneously across the road, the Cycle Friendly Employers’ Scheme will also be holding a breakfast for potential participants in the scheme, of which the Campaign is one of the partners.

On the Thursday – the 6th – we’ll be taking an easy and leisurely spin on two wheels around the countryside in the evening. We’ll head out east of Cambridge and come back along the off-road green lanes near Wilbraham, with a stop for a meal or a drink in Fulbourn. Please let Dave Earl know (690718) if you plan to eat with us so we have some idea of numbers. Meet at 5.30 for a 5.50 departure from outside Hobbs Pavilion. Bring lights.

Saturday 8th sees Dr Bike at the Guildhall end of Petty Cury. Here we’ll be doing MoT tests for bikes and the odd running repair. So if you know someone who’s stopped cycling because they’ve got a puncture, get them along.

On the Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd we’ll be preparing for a media launch of the week, with the theme of “it’s quicker by bike”. We don’t want to say too much about it in advance here, but if you would like to help, please call our phone number.

As Dave Jordan has reported elsewhere, Sustrans is starting to think about its national routes programme in this area. In conjunction with the County Council and Sustrans, we plan to hold a public meeting on Monday 3rd so Sustrans can present its plans and ideas and get some feedback from you. This will be at 7.30 in the Latimer Room at Clare College.

Finally, as it is our birthday, and our regular monthly meeting falls on Tuesday 4th, we thought we’d have a birthday cake. Usual place, Friends’ Meeting House, at 7.30pm.