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Free Wheels
Friday 5th December, 2008

Free Wheels
Bike winners Duncan Woods and Marie Forshaw with James Noakes and Eric Baldwin

The lucky winners of Wigan Council’s “Car Free Day” prize draw have been announced.

And this week, Duncan Wood from Swinley and Marie Forshaw of Whelley claimed their prizes in a special deal with EB Cycles of Pemberton.

Council sustainability manager James Noakes says: “Congratulations to Duncan and Marie, whose names were drawn at random from visitors to our recent exhibition.”

The council’s eco-transport team marked car free day with a display in Wigan Market. Promoting alternatives to the rush hour blues, the team were on hand to offer advice on sustainable travel and road safety and give away cycling maps with new routes to try.

Visitors to the display got the chance to enter a prize draw. This week, the two winners each chose cycling gear to the value of £200, with thanks to Eric Baldwin, manager of EB Cycles.

Eric says: “In this money-conscious time, cycling can be a really cost effective way to get around, and for your investment, you also get fitter and can enjoy more of the local scenery as well. We’re proud to promote cycling with Wigan Council and welcome the winners to claim their prizes.”

James Noakes adds: “There are miles of local cycle routes offering attractive and often faster ways from A to B than being stuck behind the wheel of a car. You can contact me for maps or advice about any aspect of biking.”

Winner Marie Forshaw decided to choose a new a bike for her son, and selected it with the assistance of mum Pauline. “It’ll be a lovely Christmas present for him,” she says. “And with the information I picked up from the display, a safe and healthy one too.”

Duncan from Swinley is a keen cyclist and enjoys weekend bike trips. “The cycling maps are really good – they’ll be ideal as I get out and about on my new bike,” says Duncan. “Thanks very much indeed”.Car free day is a well established promotion around the world. Its aim is to reduce congestion by encouraging people to consider alternatives for their transport needs. Millions of people take part each year as part of the “In town without my car” initiative and the council gets involved with displays and information for residents, with special emphasis on encouraging safe cycling in the borough.

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