On Friday 14 June, Justin Tomlinson MP helped promote Sustrans’ Cycle to Work campaign by joining local residents on a led bike ride from North Swindon to the town centre.
The ride took participants from ASDA Walmart at the North Swindon District Centre, down the River Ray Parkway on National Cycle Network Route 45 then into the town centre via the Western Flyer cycle path, finishing up at the railway station by 8.15am for breakfast.
North Swindon resident Chris Hancox, who joined the ride, commented “This ride was a great way to discover the fantastic network of traffic-free cycle paths in and around North Swindon.
“I didn’t realise just how easy it is to get from my house to the Orbital on a bike, or what a great route there is into town from there. It’s so much better looking out for rabbits than road-rage!”
The event kick-starts a series of led bike rides organised by Sustrans, which will run throughout Bike Week to promote Swindon’s many safe and traffic free routes, in the company of others.
In addition there will be free breakfast for anyone cycling to or from the railway station on the 18 to 20 June, along with free cycle maps and information.
Justin said: “I really urge fellow Swindon residents to dust their bikes off. The routes into town are leafy, relaxing and car free; I can think of no better way to commute to the Town Centre this summer.
“These cycle trains are a great way to learn the route and meet some fellow cycling residents.”
Justin and his parlimentary assistant Harriet Maltby had to ride back to North Swindon and unfortunately Harriet picked up a puncture and had to be rescued in a friend’s car.
All photos by Richard Wintle of Calyx
Rides led by route guides during Bike Week will be held on:
Monday 17th June & Tuesday 18th June – North Swindon (meet outside ASDA/ Walmart (the fountains) at the Nprth Swindon District Centre at 7.30am, to arrive at Swindon railway station by 8.15am latest)
Wednesday 19th June & Thursday 20th June – West Swindon (meet outside the front of The Link Centre at 7.45am, to arrive at Swindon railway station at 8.15am latest)
Friday 21st June – Dorcan (meet outside the entrance to Dorcan Recreation Complex, next to the mini roundabout on St. Paul’s Drive, at 7.30am, to arrive at Swindon railway station at 8.15am latest)
Full details of led bike ride locations/ times, and dates for the free breakfasts, can be found at Swindon Travel Choices
Sustrans is the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.
Below, arrival at Swindon station, from left, Amy Martin of Sustrans, Justin Tomlinson MP, Sustrans access to stations coordinator Ben Spencer, Harriet Maltby