Barnstaple made a cycling 'hub' at fun day

THOUSANDS of people in Barnstaple enjoyed Devon County Council s fourth cycling fun day. The event at Rock Park formed part of the council s campaign to encourage more people to take up leisure cycling and officially launched the town as a cycling hub.

THOUSANDS of people in Barnstaple enjoyed Devon County Council's fourth cycling fun day.

The event at Rock Park formed part of the council's campaign to encourage more people to take up leisure cycling and officially launched the town as a cycling hub.

Devon County Council's Cycling Ambassador Andrei Burton wowed the crowds with a spectacular display of Mountain Bike Trials, while visitors had a go at learning some tricks themselves at the cycling circus.

Free security marking was provided on 225 bikes, 130 people took advantage of free bike hire for a ride along the Tarka Trail and local bike shops Bike Shed and Bike It, were on hand to carry out almost 100 Dr Bike services.


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There was an outstanding personal achievement for 20 children who were taught how to ride without stabilisers by Devon County Council's cycle instructors and 100 people completed the Go Ride cycle skills course.

The 'Smoothie Bike' also proved very popular with 300 people pedalling their way to healthy refreshment.

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Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation said: "I'm delighted that so many people turned out to support the fun day and to spend their Bank Holiday enjoying a leisurely cycle. Hopefully this event has encouraged people to think about taking up cycling more regularly."

More than 200 people answered a questionnaire to provide feedback on their experience of their cycle ride, and many of them volunteered to take part in the Cycle Devon programme to keep track of how often they cycle. This programme is set up to find out more about people's cycling habits and is part of a national year long programme.

The County Council is creating cycling "hubs", not only in Barnstaple, but also in Exeter, Exmouth, Newton Abbot and Tavistock, where the aim is to improve access to local cycle networks to help people cycle more regularly. The last of the cycle fun days will be held at:

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