Bike Week in Swindon - the CTC

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					CTC – the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation

10th June 2008

News Release

                  Get on your bike in Swindon for Bike Week

Free cycling events taking place in Swindon for Bike Week (14th – 22nd June) will
provide opportunities for everyone from total novices to passionate cyclists to get
on their bikes.
Jane Leaman, Swindon's Joint Director of Public Health, said: "Cycling is not only
fun and inexpensive, it is also an excellent way of keeping healthy. Indeed, it has
been proven that regular cyclists enjoy a fitness level equal to that of a person
ten years younger".

Bike Week aims to get bums on saddles in Swindon in order to demonstrate the
social, health, and environmental benefits, not to mention the convenience of

Tamina Oliver, CTC‟s Cycle Champions Officer in Swindon is coordinating
activities for everyone, whatever their cycling experience and ability. Events
range from a cycling skills session for complete beginners by a qualified
Bikeability instructor to a lengthy 75-mile ride by a group of employees from
Arval, a local company in Swindon.

There are also many opportunities for those who can ride confidently yet who do
not fancy such a long route. These include a leisurely 17 mile loop around
Swindon, a scenic 16 mile round trip to see the wind turbines at Westmill Farm
and a gentle shorter ride with local CTC members in Lydiard Park, one of the
Great Western Community Forest‟s most picturesque sites.

Another option is Cycling England‟s Midsummer Bike Night in Castle Combe. It is
a mini cycling festival with the aim of getting everyone to cycle a combined total
of 10,000 miles in just three hours.

All group rides will be relaxed and enjoyable and will go at the pace of the
slowest, so please don‟t worry about being left behind. Moreover, experienced
ride leaders and mechanics will also be available so anyone who joins in will be
in safe hands.
For more information, photos or an interview contact CTC’s Cycle
Champions Officer in Swindon Tamina Oliver on 07717696672 or CTC’s
Media Officer Victoria Hazael on 01483 238 315 or 07786320713.

Notes to editors

      CTC is the national cyclists' organisation, with 70,000 members and affiliates in
       250 clubs across the UK. We are the oldest and largest cycling body in the UK,
       established in 1878. We provide a comprehensive range of services, advice,
       events, and protection for our members and work to promote cycling by raising
       public and political awareness of its health, social and environmental benefits.
       For more information see

      CTC‟s Cycle Champions programme will improve the health, transport and
       environment prospects for individuals and communities across England who
       have historically not benefited from cycling. In partnership with local
       organisations, our officers will work with volunteers to bring CTC‟s knowledge
       and expertise to inspire, train and support 34,000 new cyclists who are currently
       inactive or at risk of inactivity.

      CTC‟s Cycle Champions is part of a portfolio of projects being delivered by a
       consortium of leading walking, cycling and health organizations and is funded
       through the Big Lottery Fund‟s Wellbeing Programme. The consortium is lead by
       Sustrans and includes CTC, Cycling England, British Cycling, Living Streets,
       London Cycling Campaign, the National Heart Forum, the National Obesity
       Forum, the Ramblers‟ Association, Campaign for Better Transport and Walk 21.
       It is delivering projects that will enable 2 million people to become more
       physically active by walking or cycling as part of their daily lives by 2012.

      The Swindon Cycle Champions project is a partnership between CTC Charitable
       Trust, the Great Western Community Forest (GWCF), the Strategic Transport
       Group of Swindon Borough Council and Active Swindon. The Community Cycling
       Development Officer is hosted by GWCF.

      With Swindon at its centre, the GWCF is an exciting partnership initiative
       between a wide range of local and regional organisations from the public, private
       and voluntary sectors. GWCF is creating high-quality environments for local
       people by diversifying land-use, revitalising derelict landscapes, enhancing
       biodiversity and providing new opportunities for leisure, recreation, cultural
       activity, education, healthy living and social and economic development. GWCF
       plays a crucial role in contributing to sustainable development in Swindon and
       the beautiful surrounding countryside. The key roles cycling can play in
        sustainable development are clearly recognised within the vision for the GWCF:
        helping people to explore and enjoy their local environment, offering an attractive
        alternative to motorised travel, improving health and well-being and
        strengthening the local economy.

Programme of Events
Sun 15 June:

       Event: Family Cycle Ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation
        Start time: 10am
        End Time (approx): 1.00pm
        Start Location: Coate Water Country Park
        Description: Ride from Coate Water Country Park, Swindon, Wiltshire to Chiseldon by
        cycle path and return
        Distance (approx): 6.5 miles
        Cost: Registration fee of 32.50 per family
        Contact: Contact Sharon Woolford for details and a registration form on 07909 546596
        or email
        Other information: All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
Monday 16 June:

       Event: Swindon Loop
        Start time: 6.30pm
        End Time (approx): 8.30pm
        Start Location: Coate Water Park Café
        Description: A 17 mile loop around Swindon, incorporating numerous picturesque spots,
        mainly along cycle lanes and on quiet roads.
        Distance (approx): 17 miles
        Cost: FREE
        Contact: Tamina Oliver – email:
        Other information: No registration necessary, just turn up on the day! Please bring lights
        and waterproofs.

       Event: Birmingham to Swindon Cycle
        Start time: Morning
        End Time (approx): Mid-afternoon
        Start Location: Birmingham
        Description: A challenging ride from Arval‟s Birmingham office to Arval‟s Swindon office,
        a total of 75 miles.
        Distance (approx): 75 miles
        Cost: n/a
        Contact: Tracey Young – email:
        Other information: Not open to the public.

       Event: Cycling Skills Training – Bikeability Level One
        Start time: 6pm
       End Time (approx): 8.30pm
       Start Location: County Ground Athletics Track, County Road
       Swindon, SN1 4EE
       Description: Cycling skills session for complete beginners or lapsed/unconfident cyclists
       by a qualified Bikeability instructor.
       Distance (approx): n/a
       Cost: FREE
       Contact: Neil Daycock – email: or phone: 07802 396611
       Other information: Limited number of bikes available to borrow for the session if needed
       – please request in advance

Tuesday 17th June:

      Event: Mid Summer Bike Night
       Start time: 18:00
       End Time (approx): 21:00
       Start Location: Castle Combe Motor racing circuit
       Description: 10,000 miles in 3 hours. A mini cycling festival with the core activity of
       cycling as many laps of the famous Castle Combe motor racing circuit as possible.
       Target 1,000 participants meaning just 10 miles each! Other features:
       Rich Johnson RJ Ride guide stunt rider, Go Ride skills sessions for children, DC Leisure
       spin bikes competition, Security stamping, GWR radio, Trade stands, Café for
       refreshments, Cycling projects bikes for disabled
       Distance (approx): 10 miles (the more the better)
       Cost: £2 adults, £1 children
       Contact: Andy Cook 07811156141
       Other information: Enter on line at

      Event: Bike Awareness Day
       Start time: Morning
       End Time (approx): Early evening
       Start Location: Arval‟s Swindon Office
       Description: A day of awareness raising related to cycling, including a range of bike
       displays and cycling activities. Arval employees will be able to:

           Find out about local cycle routes and cycling initiatives
           Get you bike “health checked” by bike specialists onsite
           Find out about the best bike to buy for you and your family
           Buy a range of bike goodies
           Participate in a mini bike assault course onsite

       Distance (approx): n/a
       Cost: n/a
       Contact: Tracey Young – email:
       Other information: Not open to the public.
Wednesday 18 June:

      Event: Swindon CTC‟s Leisurely Ride
       Start time: 7pm
       End Time (approx): 9pm
       Start Location: Outside Freshbrook Community Centre, Worsley Road, Freshbrook,
       Swindon, SN5 8LY
       Description: A gentle evening ride led by local CTC members, specifically geared
       towards families or those who do not cycle regularly. Meeting at Freshbrook Community
       Centre, Worsley Road West Swindon, then taking a leisurely circuit around the beautiful
       Lydiard Park, one of Great Western Community Forest‟s lovely natural spots.
       Distance (approx): 8 miles total
       Cost: FREE
       Contact: For more details contact Roger Dyson – email:
       Other information: No registration necessary, just turn up on the day! Please bring lights
       and waterproofs if possible

      Event: Open to All SAB Evening Ride
       Start time: 6.30pm
       End Time (approx): 9 or 9.30 pm
       Start Location: Tawney Owl, Taw Hill, Swindon, SN25 1WR
       Description: The ride will be along country lanes and B roads around Swindon. It's a
       very informal gathering and the rides are conducted at a leisurely pace.
       Distance (approx): 12 – 18 miles (dependent on terrain, wind
       speed and general enthusiasm of the assembled group on the night! Never too far from
       start point in case of any difficulties).
       Cost: FREE
       Contact: Jack Dipper – Email: or phone: 07974 011 654
       Other information: Riders are advised to bring lights if it's a cloudy evening as dusk may
       be falling toward the end of the ride, especially if we stop at a country pub for a beer
       along the way.
Thursday 19 June:

      Event: My Own Ride
       Start time: When I choose
       End Time (approx): When I choose
       Start Location: Where I choose
       Description: What I choose
       Distance (approx): How far I choose to go
       Cost: FREE
       Contact: Myself
       Other information: Test your initiative – organise a ride of your own! Why not get
       together a group of friends and enjoy some time on two wheels? Email Tamina Oliver,
       Swindon‟s Cycling Champions Development Officer, with details and photos of your ride
       for a chance of being reviewed in the local paper or for Tamina‟s Swindon Cycling
       Champions Website. Tamina‟s Email:

      Event: Coate Water to Lydiard Park Evening Ride
       Start time: 7pm
       End Time (approx): 8pm or 8.30pm
       Start Location: Coate Water Park Café (or en route)
       Description: A leisurely scenic ride along Sustrans Route 45 cycle path from Coate
       Water Park Café to Lydiard Park and back. This off-road route, which traverses Swindon,
       incorporates two beautiful Great Western Community Forest sites.
       Distance (approx): Approx 8 miles
       Cost: FREE
       Contact: Gladys Barr – Email: or Telephone: 07768687986
       Other information: Please phone or email in advance if you want to go on this ride. The
       option to be picked up by the group en route exists, or of meeting the group at Lydiard
       Park and doing the route in reverse. However, please do call Gladys Barr in advance to
       discuss alternative possibilities and meeting points.

Friday 20 June:

      Event: Up „n‟ Cycling
       Start time: 10am or 11.30am
       End Time (approx): 11am or 12.30pm
       Start Location: County Ground Athletics Track, County Road
       Swindon, SN1 4EE
       Description: An ongoing course aimed at helping beginners to learn to ride or enabling
       lapsed riders to regain their confidence in cycling.
       Distance (approx): n/a
       Cost: FREE
       Contact: Carole Jones – Email: or Phone: 01793 514401
       Other information: Please get in touch for details of our next course
Saturday 21 June:

      Event: Wind Turbine Wonders
       Start time: 11.30am
       End Time (approx): 4.30pm
       Start Location: Outside County Grounds on grass opposite fire station, County Road,
       Swindon, SN1 4EE
       Description: A leisurely ride along quiet lanes and cycle paths to celebrate Bike Week
       and Eco Week simultaneously. Incorporating a visit to Westmill Wind Farm, the first wind
       farm in the area, where there will be refreshments, stalls, and various fun activities.
       Distance (approx): 16 miles total
       Cost: FREE
       Contact: Marc Taylor – email: or call: 07941236140
       Other information: Please see the Eco Week website for more information:

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