Get in the saddle for a series of events taking place around Sheffield this week to promote cycling.
Sheffield Council and a range of businesses and organisations have joined forces to mark National Bike Week.
There will be free bike maintenance, themed cycle trips and safety training.
Events have been organised to promote cycling in the wake of Sheffield’s inclusion in the Grand Depart stage of next year’s Tour De France.
The council’s road safety team will also be offering a free Safer Cycling DVD packed with tips on how to negotiate the urban jungle on two wheels – and will be offering advice on cycle routes plus free high visibility vests.
Training is being offered for car drivers on travelling safely around bikes.
Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, said: “Everyone knows about the benefits to your health of exercise and cycling is a perfect way to get outdoors and have fun.
“But the key is to do this safely and our specialist Road Safety Team will be giving advice throughout the week.
“We want to encourage people to get on their bikes and explore the great countryside on our doorsteps.”
■ Activities during the week will include a ‘bike doctor’ from Sheffield business ReCycle bikes giving free maintenance and fitting checks between 5pm and 6.30pm in Barker’s Pool today to ensure people’s bikes are in full working order.
■ Also today, there will be a ride from Barker’s Pool to Harland Cafe, John Street, from 6.30pm, followed by a show of adventure cycling film Asiemut at Harland Cafe from 7.30pm, priced £5 per person.
■ Tomorrow, there will be a 20-mile group cycle trip from Barker’s Pool to the Our Cow Molly farm near Dungworth for a well-earned ice cream break, departing 6.30pm.
■ Between 10am and 3pm on Thursday, Hillsborough Park will host a Cycling For All event where disabled people can find out about bikes which suit their needs.
■ Sheffield Friday Night Ride will be based on Catherine Bailey’s Black Diamonds, a social history of the aristocratic families who lived on the Wentworth Estate. The ride will set off from Barker’s Pool at 6.30pm, taking in Wentworth Woodhouse and the Hoober Stand.
■ From noon on Saturday it will be the Heeley Wheelie Festival at Heeley Millennium Park, Ann’s Grove School and Heeley City Farm, with stalls and entertainment.
To ensure Sheffield’s cyclists stay safe on the roads, the Road Safety team is also offering a free Safer Cycling DVD with tips on how to stay safe on two wheels.
There are free cycle route maps and high visibility vests available from First Point at Howden House.
For those who need a little more encouragement before they lose their stabilisers, there is free cycle training for adults and children, bike maintenance classes and even bicycle loans.
■ Visit Sheffield City Council for details of the programme.
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