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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 11:37

Thousands of people are getting on their bikes this June in Cornwall’s annual celebration of two-wheeled travel.

Cornwall’s Festival of Cycling, part of the national Bike Week initiative, has been touring schools in Cornwall this week and culminate in a weekend extravaganza of cycling at the Eden Project.

Organised by Cornwall Council in partnership with Mobilise - a Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust project - the aim of the festival is to generate enthusiasm for cycling across the county and get people on their bikes.

Graeme Hicks, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Transportation and Highways, says: “Using a bike for fun or for travel is a fantastic way of staying fit and is really good for the environment.

“We want to see people of all ages getting on their bikes and enjoying the glorious Cornish countryside.

“It’s especially important for young people to get involved in cycling early on – it’s a great way of gaining independence and learning valuable road safety skills.”

The schools’ road show is touring four primary schools across Cornwall from June 21-24, with Dr Bike cycle health checks, cycle skills, a cycle simulator and smoothie maker, Build a Brompton, a road safety quiz, a series of cycle-related lessons and bring your bike sessions.

All primary schools in the county will also be offered free cycling-related lesson plans, invited to enter a competition and encouraged to hold their own Festival of Cycling.

The Eden Project is to host a weekend of family festivities from June 26-27, including Revolve Bicycle Works’ Dr Bike cycle health checks, information on local routes and trails (from cycling charity Sustrans, Cornwall Council and national cyclists’ association CTC), bike tagging with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and free Aerocycle sessions from Polkyth Leisure Centre.

Saturday will also see a BMX demonstration and a cycle circus with unusual bikes of all shapes and sizes available to try out. On Sunday, Era Adventures will offer an obstacle course for bikes.

The public are invited to take part in a series of rides starting at Eden, with shorter routes planned for Saturday 26 and a challenging trail for more experienced riders from Eden to Goss Moor on Sunday 27.

“We’re delighted to host Cornwall’s Festival of Cycling this year, at the heart of the beautiful Clay Trails,” said Janine Kelk, Eden’s Sustainable Transport Coordinator. “We encourage our staff and visitors to use green modes of transport to come to Eden, including offering discounts on entry price – and we hope this event will inspire even more people to get on their bike.”

Louise Rowe, Green Travel Manager for EDF Energy in the South West said: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring Team Green Britain Bike Week and supporting the Festival of Cycling at the Eden Project. Team Green Britain has launched a fun-filled summer of inspiring activities to get the nation working together to think and act green and there are cycling events happening across the country. The Festival of Cycling is set to be a fantastic and inspiring event.”

Free entry to the Eden Project will be granted to anyone registering for the event on the Team Green Britain Bike Week website. Go to www.bikeweek.org.uk/cornwallfestivalofcycling for further information - and bring your bikes, friends and family on the day.