The car free events took place on Saturday, April 21 and provided an afternoon of free family fun at Hereford’s Widemarsh Common and Redhill Playing Fields.
The events were attended by over 900 people and were officially opened with a 5km fun run from Widemarsh to Redhill with the Wye Valley Runners. This began an afternoon of fun activities including Zumba lessons at Widemarsh, belly dancing at Redhill and DJ workshops at both sites. There were also a number of competitions running for those who left the car at home and walked or cycled to the events, with one lucky visitor in with the chance to win an iPad at the end of May.
The organisers were also delighted to be joined by 15 year old Effie Gridley from Aylestone Business & Enterprise College, who volunteered as the event photographer and took some fantastic photos of the fun and games on the day.
Councillor Adrian Blackshaw, cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: “I was delighted to attend the events and see the Personal Travel Plan (PTP) travel advisors meeting and greeting local residents, especially those looking to explore alternative travel choices.”
He added: “It’s important for us all to consider our travel choices, as it can not only save money and lower congestion but can also help us to improve the quality of our lives with increased walking and cycling.”
Kate Phipps, Herefordshire Council’s PTP event organiser, said: “We were incredibly pleased with the number of people who attended the events and look forward to meeting them again when we begin our doorstep work this month. We were also able to hand out 300 free picnics along with 300 walking packs, to promote May’s Herefordshire Walking Challenge.”
She concluded: “During May, our travel advisors will be out and about in Hereford’s Three Elms, St Nicholas and Belmont areas to discuss residents’ travel choices, so we’d be grateful if people could spare a few minutes to chat when we call on them.”
15 year old creative and media diploma student Effie Gridley, said: “I really enjoyed the amazing opportunity given to me. There was a lot of energy and movement throughout the day and this gave my photos a great atmosphere to sum up the feeling and events of the day for both visitors and organisers. I learnt a lot to take back to my course teachers and add to my portfolio. The best images were those of workshops between belly dancers and others on their feet.”
For further information to help you ‘Choose how you move’, please visit www.herefordmove.org.