April 19 is Cycle Sunday on Downs

March 26 2015

APRIL 19 is a red letter day for cyclists of all ages.

APRIL 19 is a red letter day for cyclists of all ages.

Cycle Sunday on the Downs will see Circular Road closed from Ivywell Road to Ladies Mile from 7-11am, providing a flat, open route of 3km for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

It will also open up the Downs to people with disabilities and any other adults who are anxious about sharing the road with cars.

Cycle Sunday is a pilot, and is the result of months of campaigning to the Downs Committee by families in north Bristol.

An online petition, set up to gauge public interest in the event, has received over 4,500 signatures.

Vicki Cracknell, from Henleaze, who has been involved in the campaign, said: “This will enable children and their families to gain confidence in a safe traffic-free environment. “However this is not just about perfecting the basic skills of riding bicycles. It is also to give children the free-wheeling sense of fun that comes from a meandering ride through the Downs tranquil parkland and to encourage them to become the responsible cycling citizens of the future.”

During the event there will be a focus on safety and getting bicycles roadworthy after the winter. Activities will include:

  •     Dr Bike – on hand to check bikes and make simple repairs and adjustments
  •     Bristol Cycle Development Squad – skills sessions for young cyclists
  •     Volunteers will help children with their ABC (air, brakes and chain checks)
  •     Police will offer bike marking and advice on securing bikes
  •     Lifecycle will offer tandem taster sessions designed for visually impaired riders as well as family cycling advice
  •     CTC and the Wheels for all Partnership will offer people of all abilities the chance to ride specially adapted bikes