A day of cycling fun rolls into Media City on June 15th. Made2Move4Macmillan will encourage families to saddle up and discover the health and well-being benefits of bike riding.
Inspired by Olympic gold medalist Chris Boardman’s Made to Move campaign, the event organisers want to help people overcome physical and psychological barriers and take up cycling for fun or for commuting to work and school.
This free event will take place between 8 am and 3 pm on the Piazza in Media City UK, Salford Quays M50 2EQ.
Cycling businesses and campaign groups will be on hand to share tips, tricks and technologies that help make cycling safe, fun and convenient.
The event is for people of all ages and abilities. The youngest visitors can try out easy to ride balance bikes under the watchful eye of British Cycling and Urban Vision coaches while other visitors can try riding an E-bike if they find peddling tough on conventional bikes.
Team Glow, a women’s only cycling and social group, will be on hand to support other women that want to get into cycling in the North West.
There will be free bike checks and maintenance advice and Greater Manchester Police will be providing free security bike marking on the day.
Adults and children will also be able to take part in Rollapaluza – a static two-bike flat out race where winner takes all.
All advice and support will be provided free on the day, with organisers asking for donations to Macmillan. There will be a charity raffle and auction for signed pieces of Manchester Velodrome track, a Team GB signed shirt and multiple cycling related goodies.
Made2Move4Macmillan said: “We’ve tried to make sure the event is for everyone but we really want to reach those people who wish to cycle, but don’t feel safe or comfortable on the roads of Manchester. If you’ve bought a bike but haven’t ridden it for a while, this event is definitely for you.”
“There is a critical mass building behind cycling at the moment. More men, women and children are discovering pedal power and we’re seeing more cycling events and more investment in cycling infrastructure.”
Obesity is the second biggest cause of cancer after smoking and is the number one cause of bowel cancer. Regular physical activity can guard against obesity, cancer and reduce your risk of heart disease by a half.
Chris Boardman’s Made to Move campaign aims to transform Greater Manchester into a world-class region for walking and cycling.
Commissioned by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, the ten-year £1.5bn infrastructure investment plan will improve air quality, tackle congestion and improve public health and wellbeing.