15 September 2012
What's the perfect reason to celebrate all things bicycle, cycling and its vibrant community? Do you need one? Come along and see for yourself at the Newcastle Bicycle Festival.
The festival – two weekends of Cycle Celebrations - kicks off in earnest on Friday 21 September 2012 at 17:30 with a mass bike ride to the Star & Shadow cinema. Simply meet at Haymarket with your bicycle. Or alternatively - for the even more playful - an Alley Cat has been organised. Intrigued? Check out the festival programme.
Katja Leyendecker of the festival organisation committee says “The mass bike ride and 007 Alley Cat, will be followed by the screening of cycle clips, and after that it'll get a bit more political. Cllr Nigel Todd (Labour) and Sandy Irvine of the Green Party are taking part at a 'pedal politico' panel debate "Newcastle, where do we cycle from here?" We are still waiting for a candidate from the Liberal Democrats to step forward.
"The Friday event wants to raise cycling’s profile and garner political support for better cycling conditions.
“The Newcastle Bicycle Festival is for everyone who already loves bicycles or is simply curious about cycling. Cycling embraces a diverse community and it will be a great opportunity for people to share their interests and passion, inspire and get inspiration, meet liked-minded bike people and simply enjoy the joys of cycling.
"As cycling expends some calories, the food at the Star and Shadow is free on a first come first served basis. Overall entry is free. We will however ask for donations for Bikes for Africa at the door.”
Dorothy Craw of Recyke y'Bike, festival founder, explains ” Recyke y'Bike and friends wants to encourage the whole community to join in with celebrating cycling – cyclists and would-be cyclists can come along and learn more about what is happening with bikes locally and in other parts of the country, Europe and the World.
"We have been working very hard to come up with a programme of fun-packed days of cycle fun, learning from each other, discussion and - of course and above all - meeting and chatting to people. I think we have pulled together a wonderful variety, and there's something for everyone.”
Questions? Contact Recyke y’Bike Tel: 0191 265 4197 for any questions you may have.
For the full programme of the Bicycle Festival go to http://bicyclefestival.wordpress.com
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Press release contact
Katja Leyendecker, festival committee member, and chair of Newcastle Cycling Campaign
Mobile 07828 60 4349
Contact us Newcastle.Cycling.Campaign@gmail.com