Keeping those wheels rolling
18 June 2012
It`s going to be a `wheelie` good time in Belfast during Bike Week which takes place this week.
The public is being encouraged to take to two wheels to get around the city to cut vehicle emissions and boost their health.
Hundreds are expected to descend on City Hall for a free breakfast on Bike to Work Day, Friday 22 June. The Bobbin Café will be providing sausage baps, or cereal and yoghurts between 8am-10am to everyone who registers. This can be done online at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/bikeweek or by contacting our Bike Club Development Officer on telephone 028 9032 0202 ext. 3436.
Councillor Gerard McCabe, Chairman of the Council`s Parks and Leisure Committee, said: “Sustainable transport and a healthier city are two of the prime aims for Belfast that we in the city council wish to achieve so getting a practical demonstration of the support for that is important.
“This is your opportunity to show your support. We are encouraging not just city council employees but other workers in the city centre to join in the Bike to Work day,” said Councillor McCabe.
“Cycling is good for your physical health and for your economic health, try it and see,” he added.
Supervised cycle parking will be available at the front of City Hall during the breakfast.
On Saturday, 23 June there will be an `Endless Summer` Cycling Event between 11am-2pmat Ormeau Park to celebrate the end of the school year and encourage young people to get on their bikes and enjoy local parks.
Bike Clubs are being encouraged to take part in mountain biking and road cycling sessions at the park with a chance to test new off road woodland trails.
Maintenance workshops will be available as will light refreshments.
Bike Club Development Officer, Tim Edgar said: “Bike Club is really excited to be organising these events and look forward to as many people as possible taking part.
“Cycling is a good way to get and keep healthy and bike clubs provide a friendly environment to learn and improve cycling skills. I hope that maybe people who perhaps haven`t been on their bikes for a while will take the opportunity to get back into the sport,” he added.
Again people are encouraged to register for the event on www.belfastcity.gov.uk/bikeweek or by contacting 028 9032 0202 ext. 3436.
Bike Club is led by a consortium of three charities, ContinYou, UK Youth and the cyclists` organisation CTC and is supported locally by ASDA.
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