CYCLISTS are being invited to head for Solihull town centre for the first ever 'Cycle to Solihull Day' on Sunday, September 21.
Cyclesolihull came up with the idea to encourage as many people as possible to get on their bikes and enjoy the town in a different way.
Group volunteer Reg Elliot said: "In many continental towns visiting the centre by bike is a normal thing to do.
"But in the UK cycling is mainly seen as a leisure activity rather than a means of getting from A to B. We would like Solihull to 'go continental' for the day with people going to town on two wheels, to shop, have a coffee with friends, visit the parks or just for the fun of meeting other cyclists".
Cycle to Solihull Day also has a serious side and aim to highlight the environmental, health and other benefits of more people cycling into the town. "There are many thousands of people living within a few miles of the town centre who would actually find it quicker, and certainly cheaper, to cycle. We hope some of the people who give it a try on 21 September will be inspired to do it on other days as well."
Cyclesolihull will be organising a number of special rides on the day to encourage people to join in. With a month to go until Cycle to Solihull Day, Cyclesolihull hopes people will put the date in their diary and get their bikes ready and roadworthy in time for the day!
* Cyclesolihull is promoting a special ride for the Bank Holiday weekend. It takes place on Sunday and leaves from Balsall Common library at 2pm. The 18-mile ride will have a historic flavour, passing the Berkswell windmill and Kenilworth Castle. The pace will be leisurely and everybody is welcome.
Further details available at www.cyclesolihill.org.uk.