Bike Week extends free insurance to event organisers

In a bid to encourage more cycle campaign groups to provide free cycle safety checks prior to Bike Week, 12-20th June, the offer of free public liability insurance has been extended for volunteers who may otherwise not be adequately insured. Previously only events during Bike Week were insured as part of the nationwide promotion.
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Organisers of free cycle safety check events, to take place between 1st May to 20th June, may apply for £5m cover.

Nick Harvey, Bike Week's national co-ordinator, said::

"If more lapsed cyclists are to participate in Bike Week events, they need help beforehand to make their bikes roadworthy. Many cycle campaign groups have in the past offered free 'Dr Bike' cycle safety checks during Bike Week. They can now do so from 1st May with the peace of mind and protection that our free insurance cover provides."

In previous years, ACT has encouraged IBD members to run Dr Bike clinics but take up has always been on the low side.

IBDs could still run Dr Bike clinics but the Bike Week organiser feels the low take up means more clinics should be run by campaign groups.

"A cycle safety check undertaken by a knowledgeable cyclist is not intended to be a substitute for a full service performed by a professional technician," argued Harvey.

"But it can identify simple adjustments and other tasks required to make a bike roadworthy and more comfortable to ride. In some cases bikes require little more than air in the tyres, minor brake and gear adjustments, lubrication and correct saddle height setting."

All Dr Bike events must be registered at http://www.bikeweek.org.uk to be eligible for free insurance. A free 31-point checklist approved by the ACT is provided for use by all participants.

"Where inspected cycles require replacement parts or professional attention, owners will be advised to visit a local specialist bike shop, preferably an ACT member," said Harvey.

Tel: 01243 527444

Email nick@bikeweek.org.uk

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