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Gearing Up for Bike Week: 19-27 June 2010
Friday 11th June, 2010

Gearing Up for Bike Week: 19-27 June 2010
Last year's Bike Week event, with Wigan Council's Andy Allen and Cllr David Molyneux (first and second left) and local cycling experts.

Wigan Borough is “ride on” schedule with cycling activities to mark National Bike Week.

Team Green Britain Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling and demonstrate its social, health and environmental benefits.

Cycling and sustainability experts from Wigan Council will be staging a roadshow to promote the week in both Leigh and Wigan town centres, with special ‘bike doctor’ advice sessions hosted by local cycle shops.

The council’s environment champion, Cllr David Molyneux, says: “Everyone knows the benefits of cycling – for health and for pleasure – but perhaps we need a bit of encouragement to get biking. Events like these are a good way to get advice and promote cycling more widely.”

In 2010, Team Green Britain Bike Week’s theme is ‘everyday cycling for everyone’, and aims to inspire people to try out cycling – for fun, and as a means of getting around – to the local shops, to school, the library or just to visit friends.

Promoting Bike Week are two local events:

  • Leigh town centre Bradshawgate (opp McDonalds)– 17 June 10am – 4pm with Wigan Council and Ratcliffe’s bikes

  • Wigan town centre Standishgate (opp WH Smith) – 18 June 10am - 4pm with Wigan Council and Alan’s Bike Shop

Look out for the trailer, packed with leaflets, cycle maps, freebies and your chance to win a free bike.

Cllr Molyneux sits on the borough’s road safety forum alongside the emergency services and experts in all kinds of travel. He adds: “We want to that ensure cyclists are safe and can enjoy the many and varied landscapes in our area. Come along to the events for personal advice and log on to bikeweek.org.uk for much more about safe cycling.”

Nationally, the organisers of Team Green Britain Bike Week are challenging people to rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient and sustainable way to get around. Go to bikeweek.org.uk to find out how to get involved.

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