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Bike Week 2003: here are the plans

Next year's Bike Week - 14th-22nd June - will be based around five themes...
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Buying or hiring a bike - getting a bike back on the road

Learning to ride - cycling with a ‘buddy’ - where to ride?

Family fun and fitness - encouraging more women to cycle

Bike2Workindividually or as part of an organised ride

Get off the beaten trackgo cycling in the countryside

Bike Week co-ordinator Nick Harvey said: "We started with 11 options and settled on five that stand the best chance of getting more people cycling more often.

"I am expecting to register more than one thousand local events and rides in 2003, most of which will be eligible for free public liability insurance, website publicity and a wide range of promotional materials."

Bike2Work will run for the whole week, with participants requested to donate the money they save on fuel and parking or fares to Cancer Research UK.

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 percent 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.

More countryside rides will be promoted in 2003, including in rural areas that are still recovering from the effects of the foot and mouth epidemic of 2001. The Countryside Agency, Forestry Commission, National Byway, Ordnance Survey and the Youth Hostels Association (England & Wales) are new members of the Bike Week Steering Group.

For a free Bike Week Event Organisers’ Guide email HQ@bikeweek.org.uk

Tel: 01243 543888.


BIKE WEEK STEERING GROUP:

Association of Cycle Traders

Association for Commuter Transport

Bicycle Association

British Schools Cycling Association

Countryside Agency

CTC

Cycle Campaign Network

Cycling Time Trials

Forestry Commission

London Cycling Campaign

The National Byway

National TravelWise Association

The National Trust

Ordnance Survey

Sustrans

Transport 2000

YHA (England & Wales).

BIKE WEEK CONTACTS:

Association of Cycle Traders

Email: chris@comptoncycles.co.uk

Association for Commuter Transport

Email: mail@act-uk.com

Bicycle Association

Email: patrick.barker@madison-cycles.com

British Schools Cycling Association

Email: jospehine.tym@talk21.com

Countryside Agency

Email: abigail.spooncer@countryside.gov.uk

CTC

Email: helen.aspell@ctc.org.uk

Cycle Campaign Network

Email: gdnsforall@aol.com

Cycling Time Trials

Email: n/a

Forestry Commission

Email: paddy.harrop@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

London Cycling Campaign

Email: markh@lcc.org.uk

The National Byway

Email: breckon@newsurf.net

National TravelWise Association

Email: lilian.goldberg@hertscc.gov.uk

The National Trust

Email: gina@gupex.fsnet.co.uk

Ordnance Survey

Email: jstokes@ordsvy.gov.uk

Sustrans

Email: shirleya@sustrans.org.uk

Transport 2000

Email: julia.samson@ctc.org.uk

YHA (England & Wales) Ltd

Email: magsrivett@yha.org.uk

Department for Transport

Email: jim.spooner@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Northern Ireland Department for Regional Development

Email: andy.bready@drdni.gov.uk

Transport for London

Email: patrickallcorn@tfl.gov.uk

Scottish Executive

Email: ewan.swaffield@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Assembly Government

Email: andrew.hemmings@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Cancer Research UK

Email jean.rolfe@cancer.org.uk

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