Students And Residents Take To The Saddle During First Cycling Festival

Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire University’s joint first ever cycling festival is well underway, with lots of exciting cycling opportunities until November 7.

Staffordshire University Cycle Festival is giving local residents, students and staff based at the Stoke campus, the chance to take part in a range of cycle-related activities. These include the intermediate level cycling confidence training which takes place 3 ““ 4.45pm on Tuesday November 2 and Friday November 5, meeting at the lay-by by the LRV. Bikes are available to hire if required.

You can pick up skills at the Bike Maintenance Essentials Session on Wednesday November 3 between 3 ““ 4.45pm at the Ashley Building LT012, book your place as above.

Novice Cycle Training is available on Thursday November 4.

To book a place on any of the activities, call 01782 236664 or email cyclestoke@stoke.gov.uk

The festival kicked off with an exciting day of activities including a pedal powered scalextric, BMX and mountain bike stunt shows, free bicycle checks, and an opportunity to try out a range of weird and wonderful bicycles.

The event aims to promote cycling for fun as well as encouraging people to consider it as a viable, cheap mode of transport. People will be given the opportunity to loan a bike for free and take part in a four-week cycle challenge where a bike worth £300 will be up for grabs. The four-week cycle challenge starts on Friday November 5.

Councillor Hazel Lyth, cabinet member for sport, leisure and culture, said: “CycleStoke is also running a “Be Seen” campaign with pitstops around the city giving cyclists the opportunity to have free lights fitted to their bike and take away a high visibility waistcoat and tips for winter cycling. Wednesday’s Pit stop is conveniently located near to the university on Leek Road outside the Rep Theatre, so we hope students and local residents take advantage of this between 6.30 ““ 8:30am and 4 ““ 6.30pm.”

Students and staff will be able to take part in the following activities during the two week festival period.

*Free one-two-one cycle support to kick start your cycling or increasing your commuting confidence

*Group led fun cycle rides

*Free bike maintenance clinics for those bicycles that need a little TLC

*Talk sessions on hints and tips for autumn and winter cycling

*Novice and intermediate cycle confidence training

*Basic bike maintenance training sessions ““ everything you need to know about looking after your bike

*Adrenalin fuelled indoor roller racing event at the Ember Lounge

*Bike to university challenge where you can loan a bike for free

*Outdoor evening bicycle stunt show.

For more detailed information about Staffordshire University Cycle Festival and the four-week cycle challenge please visit www.cyclestoke.co.uk or telephone 01782 238692.

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