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News - 24 May 2005

On Your Bike!

Running from 11-19 June, National Bike week incorporating Bike2Work is set to see 300,000 people take to their bikes around the country.

Bike Week is the UK's annual 'celebration of cycling', first started by cycle campaigners in 1923.

This year more than 2,000 local bike events and rides are expected to attract at least 300,000 participants.  Most bike events are free to enter and suitable for new or occasional cyclists including families and children and all events are aimed to encourage more people to cycle more often especially instead of making car journeys.

Locally, Brighton & Hove City Council is working closely with national and local cyclist groups to promote the week.  A number of events are planned for the week including leisure rides (every Sunday in June, 11am-2pm, meeting at Brighton Pier)  and a Dr Bike session (Introductory bike maintenance) 16 June, Sussex University, 10am-4pm.

The annual Bike2Work promotion provides a great opportunity for employers to encourage more staff to cycle to work.  American Express and South Downs Health NHS Trust are two employers taking up the gauntlet.  On 17 June a cycle ride to the American Express offices from Preston Park, Hove Lagoon, and Brighton Marina will take place whilst South Downs Health will be hosting a Bike2Work Bike Breakfast every day in Bike Week for health workers.

Employers inspired to take part can find out more and register their event at www.bikeweek.org.uk

For further information on Bike Week events contact Bike For Life on 01273 729 979 or log on to www.bikeforlife.org.uk


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