People on bikes of all shapes and sizes flocked to the Big Bike Day in Doncaster.
The event was open to the public and was a chance for people to get clued up about cycling safety, meet other keen cyclists and just have a bit of fun on their bikes at Bessacarr Primary School.
Event sponsors Atherton Godfrey Solicitors even volunteered a few of theri staff with the director of the firm rolling up his sleeves to help people churn up fruit and juice to make healthy drinks on the smoothie bike.
Bessacarr playground was completely handed over to the joys of two wheels. The spaces were swamped with children, relishing the opportunity to have a free cycling space to whiz around and really get their confidence on their bikes, lots of them took on the “cycle challenge” racing each other, and sometimes their parents with bean bags on heads, hoops and handlebars and slaloms to navigate, while some parents used it as an opportunity to get their kids of stabilisers.
The playground was also adopted by Pedal Ready, the region’s leading Bikeability training provider, who ran taster sessions for children and talked to parents about organising Bikeability training for their workplace.
Britain’s Got Talent star Joe Oakley came along to show off his cycle stunt skills, hopping around his team-mate laid on the floor, jumping on to and off platforms, and even his own van!
Joe, who said he “really enjoyed the event”, was the judge of the Design Your Dream Bike competition and three girls’ artistic designs were chosen by Joe as his favourites and were presented with a bag of cycle goodies at the end of his show.
Dr Bike was also there to offer free safety checks and do basic repairs, Chris Hickson, owner of Bicycle Buddy mobile cycle repair service was Doctor for the day, along with Rotherham’s Bike Aider Simon Tolley.
Between them they checked over 50 bikes, injected life back into bikes that had needed some tlc, and allowed their owners to pedal away safe in the knowledge that their bikes were in good shape.
One of the most popular stands was the puncture repair workshops.
Natalie, Sustrans Bike It Officer for Rotherham said: “So many people get punctures and end up abandoning their bikes or paying to get the puncture repaired. It’s such a quick and easy job, and after this event lots more people know how to do it, and have the kit to do it with!.”
The day was enjoyed by all.
People who came with broken bikes left with not only fixed and cleaned up bikes, but also with knowledge of their closest cycling routes, how they could get cycle training and kitted out with high-viz gear, lights, puncture repairs kits and a new found confidence in cycling!
By Sustrans Bike It officer Rebecca Davis.
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