12 June 2013

A cycle-powered cinema, bicycle polo games and bike repair workshops will be just some of the attractions at the Keep On Two Wheels festival next week.

What's going on?

Organised by Northamptonshire County Council with green travel charity Sustrans the event on Sunday, June 16, is part of the Summer of Cycling initiative.

It also marks the launch of the wider Kingsthorpe Education and Economic Project (KEEP) which is aimed at supporting economic growth by tackling congestion caused by journeys to schools and further and higher education institutions.

KEEP, which focuses on Northampton’s busy Kingsthorpe Corridor and beyond to Moulton Park, will also have health and environmental benefits.

Project aims

The main aim is to encourage increased walking, cycling and public transport use, reducing carbon emissions and congestion, using £600,000 of government money as part of the Access to Education project.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “Increased car usage brings increased congestion and associated pollution so it’s essential that encouraging sustainable forms of transport is one of the key things we do.

“Reducing congestion has economic benefits in that traffic delays cost businesses money, while reducing pollution has clear advantages environmentally.

“Encouraging people to walk to school, college or university or cycle is also good for health.”

Free event

The event on Sunday, which will be held at Kingsthorpe Recreation Ground, Kingsthorpe, Northampton between 10am and 6pm, is free and aimed at all ages. Cyclists are asked to use the Harborough Road entrance to the site.

Other attractions include a pedal-powered smoothie maker, extreme mountain bike display and the Ministry of Bicycle’s Bomberdrome bike show.

KEEP is itself part of a wider initiative Sustrans is involved with, working with local authorities across the country to encourage students to use sustainable forms of transport.