On Sunday 21 July, Swindon families joined in celebrations to mark the end of the first and hugely successful ‘Tour de Swindon,’ the same day that Chris Froome pedalled to victory for Great, Britain in the 100th Tour de France.
‘Tour de Swindon’ saw 3 weeks of free walking and cycling events put on by national charity, Sustrans and Swindon Travel Choices, to celebrate the centenary of the Tour de France locally.
Over 300 people took part in the event at Coate Water Park. The “smoothie-maker bike” proved a big hit especially amongst the children, allowing them to pedal their own fresh fruit smoothie, and families took part in “cycle orienteering” along the town’s traffic-free cycle paths.
A ‘Bike Doctor’ was also on hand for free bike safety check ups and maintenance advice, along with free bike security marking. The events culminated with a prize-giving ceremony at 3pm for winners of the Active Swindon Challenge.
Ben Spencer, Sustrans Project Coordinator, said: “It was fantastic to meet such a range of, people – from children with gleaming, brand-new, first bikes to riders and bikes that had covered many miles as part of the active cycle challenge.
“It was a delight to be able to present a whole bunch of well-deserved prizes to new, returning and experienced riders – roll-on next year.”
Sustrans and Swindon Travel Choices are working in partnership to increase levels of active travel in the borough. Anyone interested in ways to incorporate more walking, cycling and public transport use into their everyday lives can find more information at www.swindontravelchoices.co.uk or call 01793 600772.