Road safety teams celebrate National Bike Week with free events

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Road safety teams across the Capital are co-ordinating a variety of events as part of National Bike Week, which gets underway on Sunday.

Bike Week, delivered by Cycling UK, is an annual celebration to showcase the benefits of cycling.

The theme of Bike Week 2021 (30 May – 5 June) is health and wellbeing.

Events are taking place across London, including in Hounslow, Brent and Greenwich.


City of London
The City of London is currently planning its Lunchtime Streets events programme for the summer. Lunchtime Streets events will be held in Cheapside and Carter Lane with a rotation of different themes, with one of the themes being cycle safety.

While plans have not yet been finalised, its aim is to also hold cycle safety roadshows at various locations in the Square Mile.

Plans include a range of activities on offer, such as bike security marking, Dr Bike sessions, cycle training and bike cleaning. The City of London hopes that these activities will encourage safer cycling behaviours for those who participate. More details will be available in due course.

The City of London Police have recently done bike security marking roadshows at Queen Street and Holborn Circus, and have more coming up across the Square Mile.


Hounslow
Hounslow is taking part in national Bike Week, with events to show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life.

Hounslow wants everyone to see the health and environmental benefits of cycling  – whether it’s for fun, as a means of getting to work or school, a trip to the local shops or just to visit friends – cycling is for everyday, for everyone.

Click here for more information on all the events below.

Sunday 30 May:

  • Cycle sisters Led Ride starting at Osterley Park. Booking required. (10am – 1pm)
  • Brentford Market Dr Bike. No need to book. (10am – 1pm)
  • Led Ride from Brentford Market to Wimbledon Common. Booking required (1.45pm – 6.15pm)

Tuesday 1 June:

  • Chiswick Common Dr Bike. Bike register available. No need to book. (10am – 12pm)

Wednesday 2 June – Friday 4 June:

  • Family Cycle Skills at Osterley Park (3 day course). Booking required. (10am – 12pm)
  • Family Cycle Skills at Hanworth Park (3 day course). Booking required. (2pm – 4pm)

Wednesday 2 June:

  • Hounslow Town Centre Dr Bike. Bike register available. No need to book. (10am – 2pm)
  • Come along and try a bike!  Information stand on the bike purchase scheme outside Holy Trinity Church, Hounslow Town. No need to book. (10am – 2pm)
  • Led Ride from Brentford Market to Pen Ponds Car Park at Richmond Park. Booking required. (5.45pm – 8.15pm)

Thursday 3 June:

  • Feltham Green Dr Bike. Bike register available. No need to book. (10am – 12pm)
  • Disco Bike at Feltham Green, come along & try our disco bike. No need to book. (10am – 12pm)
  • Led ride from Hanworth Park. Booking required. (2pm – 4.30pm)

Friday 4 June:

  • Lampton Park Dr Bike. Bike register available. No need to book. (10am – 2pm)

Saturday 5 June:

  • Osterley Park Dr Bike. Bike register available. No need to book. (10am – 12pm)
  • All Ability Cycling Session (disability friendly). Booking required. (10.30am –
  • 3.30pm)
  • Adult Group Cycle Session at Lampton Park. Booking required. (10am – 12pm)
  • Adult Group Cycle Session at Hanworth Park. Booking required. (2pm – 4pm)

Everyday:

  • 1 to 1 Adult Cycle Training. Booking required. (Anytime)

Brent
This Bike Week in Brent, there are a host of free and inclusive events taking place across the borough, ranging from:

  • Getting free repairs and tips from bike gurus
  • Dr Bike
  • Half-term cycle training for young people
  • Cycle tours
  • Bike rides for women

The full schedule is as follows:

30 May (10am – 1pm)
Dr Bike and Smoothie Bike
Get a FREE bike health check by our qualified mechanics. Bike in need of a spruce or just need some advice? First come/ first served! You can also burn some calories and make your own smoothie using the smoothie bike. Fun, healthy and tasty.
Queens Park Farmer’s Market, Salusbury Road 

Sunday 30 May (11am)
Chiswick and Ealing LTN Tour: Brent Cycling Campaign
Meet at Wembley Central

Sunday 30 May (9.45am)
Lets Ride – Breeze Brent Parks Hop #7DaysofCycling
Meet at Roundwood Park

Monday 31 May (10am)
Social Ride to Regent’s Park, Hyde Park and Wormwood Scrubs via quietways: Brent Cycling Campaign
Meet at Wembley Central

Tuesday 1 June to Friday 4 June
FREE half-term road cycle training for children in years 5 and 6: Cycle Instructors
Meet at Roundwood Park 

Wednesday 2 June (10am – 12.30pm)
Women-only cycling ride through Little Venice: Joyriders
This short ride will be open to beginners who can already cycle, but who may not yet have their own bicycle. Bikes on loan from Cycletastic.
Meet at Granville Centre, NW6


Greenwich
In Greenwich, the following free cycling activities are available during Bike Week:

  • A Dr Bike at the junction of Trafalgar Rd and Old Woolwich Rd from 12pm to 3pm on Saturday 5 June. Information about this event and other Dr Bikes that happen most Saturdays around the borough is available here.
  • Free Cycle Skills training for individuals, small groups/families (available throughout the year) – book here.
  • Free Fix and Ride service where a mechanic comes to you and checks and repairs your bike, and helps you get riding (available throughout the year) – book here.

A host of other cycling events take place regularly in the borough:

  • Greenwich BMX Club from 10-11am on the first and third Sundays of each month at Charlton BMX Track, Hornfair Park. For more information email greenwichbmxclub@gmail.com
  • Limited Edition Cycling is “a cycling club in the Greenwich and Bexley area, with a mission to encourage cycling in all forms”. Check out their website for information about the following activities organised by the club:
    • Junior session – teaching kids basic skills. Saturday 10am to 11am.
    • Junior session – enhancing the skills of advanced riders. Saturday 11am to 12:30pm.
    • Adult rides starting at Eltham Park South Café, Glenesk Rd SE9 1AN at 9am.
    • Unique all abilities – a traffic free environment and a range of adapted cycles and equipment for everyone to enjoy the thrills of cycling. Saturday 1pm to 2:30pm.

Waltham Forest
Waltham Forest is planning on a number of activities to celebrate Bike Week. This includes daily social media posts on the Council’s channels (so keep an eye on @wfcouncil on Twitter).

This Saturday (29 May), the borough is hosting its first cargo bike try out day. The borough has a community cycle hire scheme with five cargo bikes, which has proven extremely popular. As a result of the high demand, it is making all its bikes available in Leyton Jubilee Park for a try out day.

Throughout the course of the week, there will also be four public Dr Bikes that are free to attend.

From Tuesday 1 June to Friday 4 June, the borough will be hosting a free cycling school in The Highams Park for primary and secondary school children.


27 May 2021