Bike weekend could see half a million people on bikes at once.

Sustrans have released details on their two day Cyclethon which is backed by some big hitters
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Sustrans will today announce that more than 250,000 people have already been pledged by partner bodies to take part in the Cyclethon, a series of charity events along the National Cycle Network, during the weekend of 24th and 25th June, 2000, with a further 250 000 expected to pledge their support closer to the date.

Major partners include the British Medical Association, whose Ride for Health is the only public participatory event in their Millennium Festival of Medicine; the Variety Club of Great Britain who will hold their Right

to Ride Parties in major city parks as part of their Great

Millennium Appeal; and the National Federation of Womens Institutes.

The National Cycle Network is a Millennium Commission project supported by £43.5m of National Lottery Funds. It is the only project reaching the whole of the UK and is the second largest project after the Millennium Dome. By June 2000 the Network will include 5,000 miles of safe, attractive and high quality routes for cyclists and other users. By 2005 the Network will be extended to 9,000 miles.

Sustrans recently announced that there will be 5,000 miles of Network to be officially opened on June 21st, the Longest Day of the Millennium year. This doubles the original goals of the project.

John Grimshaw, Sustrans Director and Chief Engineer, said:

The Cyclethon will be the culmination of a week of events to mark the opening of the National Cycle Network. We expect that at least half a million people will be out cycling, walking and enjoying themselves during the Ride the Net celebrations. With 250,000 already pledged we are well on the way to the biggest party of the summer and to the establishment of this Millennium project becoming a ready resource for us all to encourage cycling, to tackle congestion, to respond to environmental issues,

to keep fit and to save money.

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