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Free Bike Fest event in Hereford

Herefordshire Council’s Choose how you move team is holding a free event to help residents get involved in cycling and walking.

Bike Fest will take place on Saturday 5 April 2014 at Bishops Meadow in South Wye, Hereford from 11:00am to 3:30pm and will offer a wide range of fun, family friendly attractions along with opportunities to have a go at something new.

Local Paralympic gold medallist Josie Pearson MBE will be visiting the event and signing autographs between 12pm and 2pm.

Bike Fest will enable visitors to have a go on a range of amazing bikes, trikes and special needs bikes under the expert guidance of the council’s get cycling team, as well as the opportunity to try out the custom made mountain bike course.

The event is not just about bikes and will also feature walking, with a number of led walks across the new Greenway bridge taking place, including Nordic walking for the more adventurous.  There will also be led bike rides throughout the day, for those who’d like to try a gentle cycle instead.

Younger visitors will be able to enjoy the scootability and bikeability courses whilst improving their safety skills, along with meeting Mr Doo, the cycling clown on his stilts bike and having a go on the pedal powered Scalextric.

If the fun of Bike Fest gets too much, you’ll be able to enjoy a well-earned rest aboard the Vintage Cinema Bus, which will be showing some great short films throughout the day, including animated films for all ages and archive films of life in Herefordshire.

Councillor Phillip Price, cabinet member for infrastructure, said: “Bike Fest promises to be a wonderful day out for all the family and a great opportunity to try something different, whether it’s a new bike or Nordic walking.

“The council was delighted to receive funding from the Department for Transport in 2011, to support its Choose how you move initiative which aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve quality of life across the county by promoting increased walking, cycling, bus travel and car sharing.

“As part of our funding bid to the Department for Transport, we committed to organising an informal and friendly event for residents of all ages to help promote the enjoyment and benefits of cycling and walking throughout our beautiful county and I hope everyone comes along on the day and joins in the fun.”

There will also be a number of other attractions available on the day, including free bike marking and maintenance checks from Dr Bike, Zumba and Bokwa taster sessions and pedal powered recumbent karts for adults and children.  There will be light refreshments on sale at The Cabin and designated bike parking will also be available.

To find out more about the event visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/bikefest

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