seek volunteers for planning and organising
Bike Week is the UK's only annual nationwide campaign to increase
participation in organised cycling, to encourage one-time cyclists
to return to the road, and to promote nationally the wider social
and environmental benefits of more people cycling to work.
This year's national Bike Week (14th-22nd June) is, once again,
only possible thanks to the efforts of local event organisers,
many of whom are volunteers.
HFCyclists are planning two events:
a barbecue on the beach in front of the Royal Festival Hall, South
Bank Centre (on Saturday 14 June 2003, probably 8pm) and an event
in Bishops Park, Fulham (Sunday 22 June 2003, 10am to 8pm, core
time 12noon to 5pm).
The last one will be a show case / involvement day for groups
involved with the environment / river in West London.
According to John Griffiths, from HFCyclists, there will be a
mass picnic with a peaceful music-making atmosphere. There may
also be contributions of a cultural nature.
The present working title is West
London Green Festival, but organiser are looking for a better
name and welcome suggestions. "Midsummer Free" is one
suggestion, along with "Solstice Green".
The planning is in its opening
stage. If any group would like to be involved in the event please
contact John Griffiths
(phone: 020 7371 1290).
The Council, according to HFCyclists,
will probably be organising a bike-to-work breakfast as they have
done in previous years.
Five promotional themes have been announced for this year's UK-wide
· Buying or hiring a bike - getting a bike back on the
· Learning to ride - cycling with a 'buddy' - where to
· Family fun and fitness - encouraging more women to cycle
· Bike2Work - individually or as part of an organised ride
· Get off the beaten track - go cycling in the countryside.
Bike2Work will run for the whole week, with
Two residential centres for young people in the borough have won
funding for a new cycling programme.
The Dalling Road and North Eyot Gardens centres in Hammersmith
have won £6300 in funding to buy bikes and safety equipment.
The idea came from centre workers Dominic Jones and Nova Levine
who were lending their bikes to children and teenagers at the
The project aims to enable young people to have access to either
a mountain bike or BMX, recognised road safety training, cycle
maintenance training and all necessary cycling equipment on a
The cycling programme has been made possible by a funding award
from the Peabody Trust. Cycick cycle community workshop, a voluntary
organisation devoted to recycling bicycles to increase ownership
in the LBHF, is providing the bicycles and safety equipment and
will also be responsible for their upkeep. Cycick's other projects
include providing pool bicycles for organisations, companies and
participants requested to donate
the money they save (eg: fuel and parking or fares) to Cancer
Research UK (Registered Charity No. 1089464). 500 major employers
are being encouraged to promote cycling to work and existing workplace
bicycle user groups (BUGs) will be helped to recruit new members.
Bike Week's main funder is the Department for Transport, where
transport minister John Spellar has requested more events that
appeal to novice cyclists, especially women and families.
In 2002, approximately 50% of the estimated 200,000 participants
in Bike Week events were new or returning cyclists. Of the 20+
million bikes owned in the UK, less than a third are used regularly.