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Cyclists hit the road at summer pedal-powered community event

More than 60 keen cyclists took part in a community bike ride through Saffron Walden, on Sunday.

Starting out at the top of the Common and heading down Ashdon Road, the 3.8km ride weaved its way through the town via Elizabeth Way, Radwinter Road, Audley Road and the High Street, before turning into Castle Street and then heading back to the Common.

Cyclists of all abilities and ages, some as young as five-years-old (and even a dog!) took part in the family bike ride which was part of the summer cycling event organised by Uttlesford District Council to encourage more people to cycle and to feel more confident in taking their bikes out on the road.

There was also lots of information stalls and activities on the Common, such as local cycling and fitness groups, free property marking by Essex Police, and Essex County Council bike mechanics carrying out minor repairs, as well as live entertainment, children's games, and a choice of food trucks.

Visitors also enjoyed trying out the new bike hire schemes which have recently launched in the town.

Vicky Reed, Climate Change Lead Officer, said: "This was our first community cycling event and a big thank you to everyone for coming along - it was lovely to see so many families enjoying themselves. We had some great feedback, and it was nice to see so many people trying out the new hire bikes, including e-bikes and the community Our Bike e-cargo bike.

"I would also like to thank all those who supported the event, including the local groups, police and fire service, the live musicians and the wonderful food and drink vendors."

People can find out about the bike hire schemes at:

10 June 2024


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