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Cyclists saddle up to celebrate

CYCLISTS across the borough are being encouraged to head to the town centre this Sunday (September 19) to celebrate the fun of cycling.

CYCLISTS across the borough are being encouraged to head to the town centre this Sunday (September 19) to celebrate the fun of cycling.

Organised by voluntary group Cyclesolihull, the third Cycle-to-Solihull Day will include a series of afternoon rides from 12 different starting points, converging on the town centre in the early afternoon.

Ride co-ordinator Stephen Holt said: “There must be thousands of cyclists in Solihull and we hope many of them will join us in the town centre. These rides are a taste of the regular Cyclesolihull rides which continue to grow in popularity - we expect the total number of riders in 2010 to pass 1000 this Sunday!” In addition to the rides, for people wanting more information about cycle routes and training there will be an information point on the High Street and also an opportunity to gather for a mass photograph at the Tudor Grange Cycle Circuit at 3 pm.

Although the emphasis is on fun, Cycle-to-Solihull Day also has its serious side - to highlight that cycling is a practical, economic and healthy way of getting to the town centre. “Most parts of Solihull are less than 30 minutes by bike from the town centre so a round trip is an ideal way of getting the recommended daily amount of exercise.”

Last Sunday, Cyclesolihull cyclists joined the estimated 15,000 cyclists who headed for Birmingham City Centre to join the first Birmingham Sky Ride. Cyclists of all ages enjoyed the five mile traffic-free circuit in perfect weather. “The success of this day shows that many people want to cycle where the conditions are right. It would be great if a similar traffic-free event could be organised more locally,” said Stephen.

Further details of Cycle-to-Solihull Day are available at www.cyclesolihull.org.uk

Ride starting points and times:

1.20pm Dickens Heath (library), Hampton-in Arden (war memorial), Marston Green (Elmdon Lane car park).

1.30pm Dorridge (rail station), Cheswick Green (shops), Lyndon (shops).

1.40pm Catherine-de-Barnes (The Boat), Elmdon Park (Tanhouse Farm Road), Shirley (park, behind Aldi).

1.45pm Olton (Castle Lane/Knightsbridge Road)

1.50pm Monkspath (shops), Knowle (park car park, Longdon Road)

 

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