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Youngsters enjoy summer holiday bike bonanza

Youngsters enjoy summer holiday bike bonanza

28 August 2019
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More than 150 people took part in cycling activities as part of a summer holiday bike bonanza thanks to My Journey Wokingham. 


The council’s sustainable transport team set up a stand at the Finchampstead Community Fun Day at the FBC centre earlier this month and were swamped with people keen to use pedal power.


The team had a selection of bikes for people of all ages to borrow, including balance bikes, recumbent tricycles and pedal bikes. 


On the day bikes were loaned out to a total of 66 people. Cycling instructors were also on hand to help some children who were learning to ride a pedal bike for the first time.


Twenty people brought their own bikes to be checked at the “Doctor Bike” surgery, while many others attended a puncture repair workshop or made themselves a smoothie on a pedal-powered machine.  


The team on the My Journey stand offered information on cycling activities, cycle training, cycle routes and gave out some free gifts to cyclists taking part in the events.


The Safer Roads Berkshire team ran a 60-second cycle challenge, with 42 people taking part and doing their best to win a prize. 


Sprockets Cycling Club, based in Arborfield, added to the fun by offering mountain biking activities for children, including a bike obstacle course with bumps, jumps and bike limbo.


In the afternoon, some families joined the My Journey team on their bikes for a short ride on the greenway to Arborfield Green.


“It’s fantastic to see so many people getting involved with cycling through the My Journey team at Finchampstead Community Fun Day,” a council spokesperson said. 


“There were a host of great activities on offer for those who attended, whether it was making their own smoothie with pedal power or challenging themselves on the bike obstacle course. 


“Events like this give the local community a chance to come together and enjoy the outdoors. 


"Cycling is one of the best ways to get out and see the Wokingham borough, so hopefully this event helped to encourage even more people to get on their bikes for exercise or as a means of transport.”


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