CORNWALL’S FESTIVAL OF CYCLING TRAINS STUDENTS TO BE SAFER ON THEIR BIKES This years Cornwall Festival of Cycling will be back on the road between 25 June and 15 July. The Festival is visiting 11 schools across Cornwall which will participate in bike try-out sessions and workshops. The students will have the opportunity to learn about the health benefits of cycling, basic maintenance and safety and then actually have a go on some of the weird and wacky bikes. This year for the first time the Company of Cyclists will also be delivering training to 2 schools. 40 pupils from Richard Lander and 48 pupils from Pensans Primary School will be taking part in the training. The pupils will all be trained up to level 2 of the new ‘Bikeability’ national standards and as well as training in the playground they will also be trained on the roads. The hope is that once trained many of these pupils will have the confidence and enthusiasm to cycle to school subject to parents' consent. Event Coordinator, Sharon Potter said “The fourth Cornwall Festival of Cycling promises to be even bigger and better than the last three. It is always a popular event with schools in Cornwall and this year for the first time many schools who wanted to host the roadshow were disappointed because only so many could be included in the three week event. This indicates how popular the event has become and we are delighted there has been so much interest. We are also excited about the introduction of the training into the Festival which gives it a much more serious side. We hope that the 88 pupils who will do the training will come out of it as much better, safer and more confident cyclists and will continue to put their training to good use. “The event in Truro on Saturday 30th June also promises to be very exciting and we would encourage as many people as possible to come down to Lemon Quay on that day and enjoy the entertainment by Swamp Circus, the other stalls and not forgetting to participate in the free bike try-out roadshow*” * those aged 16 and under must be signed in by a parent or responsible adult. The Cornwall Festival of Cycling will also be delivering 4 public roadshows in Truro, Penzance and Bude. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come along and have a go on the unusual bikes and speak to the team of experts about any aspect of cycling. There will be information on facilities and trails in Cornwall, as well as information on cycling in general, bike racks, women cyclists, cycling to work and much more. The Roadshow at Truro on June 30th between 10am - 4pm on Lemon Quay will be somewhat different from the others. People will be encouraged to have a go on the variety of bikes and there will be a lot more happening besides: Swamp Circus will be putting on three shows throughout the day, at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm. There will also be two workshops that people can attend to learn some circus skills such as juggling, balancing and plate spinning at 12noon and 2pm for an hour. There will be clowns, stilt-walkers, face painting and lots more so Lemon Quay is the place to be! The return of the Festival has been welcomed by Matt McTaggart, the County Council’s Executive Member for Strategic Planning and Transport, who said “Cornwall County Council is committed to encouraging as many people as possible to use cycling as a sustainable means of exercise, leisure or travel and I hope the Roadshows will support the other work we are doing towards this across the County.” The Cornwall Festival of Cycling is organised by Sustrans, Cornwall County Council and Arts 4 Health and has been supported by the 11 participating schools, NCDC and Penwith District Councils as well as Truro City Council. Walking and cycling can help to counteract problems of weight and obesity as well as coronary heart disease, strokes, diabetes and cancer, in addition to improving mental wellbeing. FURTHER INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM: Sharon Potter, Festival of Cycling Coordinator: 01726 627903


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