Sheffield residents urged to saddle up

Sheffield students are holding a trial bike demonstration in the city.
Sheffield students are holding a trial bike demonstration in the city.
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Young bike enthusiasts are urging residents to take up two wheels – in line with The Star’s Let’s Get Cycling campaign.

Students from Sheffield Hallam University will be running a bike trial event in the city centre next weekend.

Let's Get Cycling.

Let's Get Cycling.

It will show novices demonstrations on trial bike riding and allow them to have a go at the sport – as well as raising money for the Cathedral Archer project to tackle homelessness.

Events management student Laura Cocking, from Conisbrough, came up with the idea after the university backed sponsored the Grand Départ, which is bringing the start of the Tour de France to Sheffield in July.

The 22-year-old roped in friends Holly Benson, Emily Challender and Dan Armstrong to put on the event as part of her final-year project.

Ben Swales, from the Biketrail Federation which is running the demonstrations, said: “I’m pleased to be working with Laura, Holly, Emily and Dan on the event on behalf of Biketrial Federation UK.

“Laura in particular has been working hard and we’ve been impressed with her competence, drive and enthusiasm.”

The trial will take place in Tudor Square on Sunday, March 30.

The Star’s Let’s Get Cycling campaign encourages people of all ages to swap the bus or the car for a bike ahead of the world’s most watched sporting event coming to the region.

Pupils at Sheffield’s Meersbrook Bank Primary School were the first to saddle up as part of the scheme.