Safety first – then go ride Spalding

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Wheels are in motion to get even more families on their bikes during Spalding Velo Prix to enjoy the weekend safely.

Lincolnshire County Council Bikeability team will be joining the action at Monkshouse Playing Field on Saturday, May 2 – day one of the town’s first big cycling festival.

Alongside the cycling activities being arranged by organisers Spalding Cycling Club – including a guided family ride around the district to explore some of the flower festivals taking place at churches during the weekend – the Bikeability road safety team will be offering taster sessions to parents and children, as well as other fun activities.

This follows the county’s selection as a Bikeability Plus pilot area by the Department of Transport.

A ‘ReCycle’ project will also be unveiled to encourage donations of unused or unwanted children’s bikes to be refurbished for distribution to other members of the community.

Philip Watt, cycling officer for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “It’s great to be able to come to Spalding to partner with the upcoming Velo Prix. Bikeability is a fantastic scheme that provides children with the skills needed to ride safely and confidently on our roads.”

Bikeability is branded as ‘Cycling Proficiency for the 21st Century’ and more than 6,000 children are being trained every year in schools across the county.

Simon Wright, chairman of Spalding Cycling Club, said: “It is fantastic news that Spalding Cycling Club will be able to partner with the LCC Bikeability team, as well as a number of commercial sponsors.

“This means that we can bring forward a much greater range of activities to encourage children to get on their bikes and improve their skills, which will in turn make them much more confident to ride on the highway and improve road safety.

“I am also pleased to announce that Alan Boswell Insurance Advisers, based in Peterborough, have confirmed their support for the Velo Prix weekend and we are very grateful for their involvement.”

Main sponsors are Broadgate Homes and Spalding Water Taxi, with Springfields Horticultural Society, organisers of Tulipmania and Classic Car Show also taking place the same weekend, providing barriers for the races.

Another feature of the weekend, on the Sunday morning, is a British Cycling organised Italian Pursuit race in the town centre, plus another guided ride of about 35 miles for more hard-core cyclists.