Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR) is celebrating the return of National Bike Week from June 13 to 21 with an entire week of pedal powered fun.
Bike Week is an annual, nation-wide opportunity for organisations to promote cycling and show how easily it can become part of everyday life. The dedicated week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of transport or to get fit.
With a number of events running all over the city, there’s bound to be something for everyone, so take a look at the events below and see if you can get cycling this June.
BCR is kick-starting Bike Week with a showcase event in Victoria Square. On Tuesday 16 June between 12pm-6pm the event will feature activities such as: adapted bike demonstrations, Brompton bike demos, a smoothie bike, art bike, Dr Bike checks and bike security marking, Birmingham Exchanging Places and much more!
Centro Love your Bike events – If your bike is feeling unloved, it’s time to dust off the handlebars and give it some TLC! Sessions run from 4.30pm-6.30pm and offer a free bike MOT. For more information visit www.mynetwork.org.uk/offers/offers-list/love-your-bike/
June 15 – Birmingham New Street Station
June 16 – Coventry Station
June 17 – Wolverhampton Station
June 19 – Hampton-in-Arden Station
BikeRight! free adult Maintenance Classes – Strapped for time, or just want to learn the real basics? These maintenance classes cover safety checks, puncture repairs, replacing inner tubes and checking brakes. Interested? Find out more at www.bikeright.co.uk/for_cyclists/maintenance_courses/bite_size_bike_fix/.
Cycle Forum – On Thursday 18 June, the Cycle Forum will be back to update cyclists with latest plans for cycling in Birmingham. Held at the Birmingham and Midland institute, there will be a marketplace running from 5.30pm-6.30pm involving cycling organisations, social enterprises and BCR consultations. From 6.30pm-8pm there will be a sit down session consisting of general updates on the 2015 programme of cycling activities for Birmingham from a variety of groups.
Wheels for All – Each Wednesday ‘Wheels for All’ sessions take place at Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road, B42 2LR. These inclusive cycling sessions embrace children and adults with disabilities and differing needs. For more information or to book a place please call 01925 234213 or visit www.cycling.org.uk.
Led rides – There will be led rides on offer all week from Big Birmingham Bikes and Bike North Birmingham Community Cycling. For more information on these rides or to book a place please call 0121 464 1020.
June 13 – 10am – BNB Community Cycling – Brookvale Park ‘Back on a Bike’ ride – beginners and family friendly
June 14 – 10am – Big Birmingham Bikes – Nechells Leisure Centre ‘Beginners & Returners’ ride – beginners and family friendly
June 18 – 10am – BNB Community Cycling – Brookvale Park ‘Back on a Bike’ ride – beginners and family friendly
June 18 – 6.30pm – BNB Community Cycling – Brookvale Park ‘Evening Energiser’ ride – leisurely and family friendly
June 18 – 6.30pm – Big Birmingham Bikes – Bilesley Indoor Tennis Centre ‘Evening Energiser’ ride – beginners and family friendly
June 21 – 10am – BNB Community Cycling – Wyndley Leisure Centre ‘North Birmingham Circuit’ ride – moderate
June 21 – 10am – Big Birmingham Bikes – Nechells Leisure Centre ‘City Centre’ ride – leisurely
Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Sustainability, said: “It’s wonderful to see so many activities and events being held across Birmingham in support of ‘Bike Week’ 2015. These kinds of activities help to encourage cycling in all forms from leisure rides to commuting and cycling for fitness.
“The BCR Showcase will enable cycling projects, organisations and contributors to come together and show the dedication to cycling in Birmingham, by demonstrating how we’re working together to improve infrastructure, cycling opportunities and ease of access for Birmingham residents.”
Information on all of these events can be found at www.birmingham.gov.uk/bcr.
About Birmingham Cycle Revolution
Birmingham Cycle Revolution is a new city wide project focused on making cycling an everyday way to travel in Birmingham over the next 20 years, to help make our city healthier, greener, safer and less congested. For more information and progress updates please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/bcr.
For more information on the project, progress updates and information on how you can get involved please contact the Birmingham Cycle Revolution team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet us @BhamCityCouncil #bcr or follow Birmingham City Council on Facebook.
Birmingham Cycle Revolution is part of the Birmingham Connected vision to reinvent the way people and goods move across the city, find out more at www.birmingham.gov.uk/connected.