This month Cardiff will enjoy the sight of all manner of bicycles in a celebration of Cardiff’s second Cycle Festival, with activities for all ages and abilities promoting the fun side of cycling between June 16 and 30.
From bizarre bike rides to art-themed celebrations of the bike, this is one festival that should not pass you by! (www.cardiffcyclefestival.co.uk)
The exciting two week-long festival will celebrate the bicycle, cycling and the vibrant community that surrounds it. Sponsored bike rides, themed yoga, knitting sessions, and a cycle themed art exhibition are just some of the variety of events the capital will witness over the fortnight – all to encourage people to get on their bikes and have fun.
Cardiff was recently placed in the top ten of the UK’s most cycle-friendly town/cities. The Survey carried out by Virgin Money places Cardiff as number nine. The survey rates towns and cities on a range of criteria including bike thefts, accidents, serious injuries and deaths, the availability of cycle routes and bike repair shops.
Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Highways, Traffic and Transportation, Cllr Ralph Cook said: “This festival is for anyone and everyone, to show how much fun cycling can be. Many people are aware of the benefits in terms of reducing travel costs, congestion and air pollution, as well as the healthy advantages in using bikes. The festival is all about the pure enjoyment involved in cycling. Everyone is invited to get involved in the Cardiff Cycle Festival.”
The festival pushes off on Saturday June 16 with the Bike Art Trail – a celebration of the love of cycling and use of the bicycle as transport, with an exhibition of works dotted around a number of city venues including the Milkwood gallery, Gwdihw, Milgibars and Cardiff Print Workshop.
So what does Cardiff Cycle Festival have to offer? Here are just some of the activities we have planned:
Take the first step on the pedal by joining Maindy Centre in their Adult Cycle Training courses, offering the chance to develop your cycling skills in a day, run by members of the Cardiff Council Road Safety Team.
Women are invited to a women’s only mechanic night to learn basic gear and brake setup, how to deal with all of the necessary safety checks
Put your new found skills into practice and join Spokes Cycle Training Club on their easy day ride from Pontcanna to Lisvane.
Enjoy a Pootle, Pizza and a Pint with a cycle and a stop off at the Hungry Planet in Clifton St.
The festival ends in a culmination of all things sustainable at a special event at City Hall on June 30 the event will include a wide range of activities from street entertainers to solar powered live music, local food produce and more cycling workshops!