Ride it or Recycle it
Swindon residents are being asked to spring clean their sheds and liberate their bikes. In a partnership between Swindon Travel Choices and Recycles, the social enterprise that refurbishes bikes, people are asked to dig out their bikes and take them for a health check to make them rideable again, or donate them to Recycles who can give them a new lease of life.
All through Bike Week, Recycles will be offering free safety checks for bikes, as well as free security marking, at their shop on Princes Street. Donations of unwanted bikes can also be made direct to the shop.
Businesses across Swindon can also play by rediscovering and spring cleaning their bike sheds, by identifying abandoned bikes that could be donated to Recycles, and also hold a ‘donation day’ at the workplace, where unwanted cycles can be collated for collection by Recycles.
A Bike Week toolkit for employers containing posters, ideas and instructions is available from the Swindon Travel Choices website.
Bikes on trains
From 16 May, Great Western Railway introduced compulsory bicycle reservations on high speed train services. There are also be restrictions on carrying bikes on peak hour rail services. For more information, see GWR website, and you can also download their guide to cycling by train.
Something for everyone at Swindon’s first Cycle Festival on Sunday 17 July, sponsored by Mitchells Cycles
Enjoy a day of family fun and all things bikeat the County Ground athletics track, Tou’ll have the chance to try out your hands at a Shoretrax mountain bike course, a kid’s cyclo-cross course, and various led rides for all the family.
Bring your bike along for a free bike check from the mechanics, there will be bike security marking, a bike jumble sale, bike maintenance tutorials, and lots of bikes from electric to adapted bikes to have a go on.
There will be fun for all the family with a bouncy castle, face-painting, kids races and plenty of delicious food and drink to keep your energy levels up! There will also be a chance to ‘Come and Try’ Bowls with the Swindon Bowls Club next to the Athletics Track.
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