Summer of Cycling week of events 'a big success'

Wed, 29 Jun 2022

Summer of Cycling, a week of events held in four East Riding towns to encourage more people to get on their bikes, has been hailed a big success.

Schoolchildren and residents of all ages took to their cycles to join guided bike rides and treasure hunt-style activities in Goole, Pocklington, Market Weighton and Howden over four days earlier this month.

The free events aimed at all the family were run by the road safety team at East Riding of Yorkshire Council to encourage more people to cycle around the beautiful sites of the East Riding.

Alongside other activities, the road safety team manned stalls to offer advice and information to all, together with a team from the R-evolution bike-recycling charity, who offered free bike checks.

The events were held at West Park Goole, Pocklington Market Place, Pocklington Rugby Club, Market Hill car park in Market Weighton and Howden Junior School.

Local schools got involved with pupils following Code Breaker Trails, to collect letters on a cycle route. Adults followed the trails in the afternoons and families joined bike rides led by the road safety team.

Council chairman, Cllr John Whittle, visited the road safety team in Goole and got on his bike, alongside deputy leader Cllr Anne Handley and Cllr Chris Matthews, portfolio holder for environment and climate change.

At the Pocklington market site, road safety volunteer Val French, who helped out during the week, was presented with flowers as a show of appreciation from the team.

Val, who is also the regional co-ordinator for Breeze women's cycle group, has worked hard to encourage cycling in the town.

Viking FM, which joined in the fun at two of the events, also let loose breakfast show presenters Alex Duffy and Nicola Lashley on one of the bike rides around Pocklington.

Cllr Chris Matthews said: "I'm so pleased that so many youngsters and adults got on their bikes and joined the fun activities our road safety team had organised.

"It was a very successful four days. The road safety team said the evening rides they led saw riders gaining more confidence to use their bikes safely for pleasure or to get to work.

"Children from Howden Junior School have started their own Code Breaker Trail in their town, and the led rides attracted people aged eight to 89.

"They have really proved the joys and benefits of cycling in the East Riding."