07 August 2012

Free rickshaw rides, a pedal-powered sound system and a bicycle wall-of-death are just some of the events on show at the Northampton Celebration of Cycling event on Saturday, August 11.

Organised by Northamptonshire County Council, with partners, the fun day is part of the Summer of Cycling – a season-long festival made up of a cycle-themed events throughout the county.

The event will also see the opening of the Connect 2 cycle route – a three mile long track which connects Northampton town centre with Briar Hill, St James Mill Road, Sixfields and Upton, with further links to Swan Valley and Kislingbury.

The track was developed by the county council and cycle charity Sustrans after receiving funding from the Big Lottery Fund and WNDC. Northampton Borough Council, Ramblers, The Wildlife Trust, MGWSP, British Waterways and the Cyclists Touring Club also played a part in its inception.

People who walk or cycle the route on the day can enter a prize draw to win a bike worth £400 donated by Halfords, among other prizes.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection, said: “There are so many benefits to cycling and it’s really easy to get involved, so that’s why we’re telling everyone to give the Summer of Cycling festival a go.

“Members of the public are encouraged to bring their bikes along to this event to take part in a range of activities with the chance to win some great prizes.

“Cycling is great for health and wellbeing and there are the obvious environmental advantages too.

“Cycling is also a very cheap mode of transport and travelling by bike can hugely reduce commuting costs for many.”

Regular cycling brings health benefits through exercise but other pluses come through cutting congestion on the roads therefore reducing pollution.

Many of the Summer of Cycling events have already taken place but there are still some to come.