Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Bike Around the Borough 2012

The massed ranks of young Hackney Cyclists - plus Trevor
Last Thursday over 300 young cyclists rode all round Hackney as part of the council organised Bike around the Borough. Now in its second year the event is growing bigger and was supported by CCH in the guise of Patrick - Mechanic, Harry M, Neil, Harry L, Oliver - all marshalls and Trevor - good looks. The following report is by CCH youth rider Frank Ramsay who rode with 22 other pupils from Gayhurst Community School.

Bike around the Borough was organised by the Learning Trust and Hackney Council to encourage people to get on their bikes and get out on the road. We set off at 10:00am to London Fields to start our ten mile cycle ride; Neil and Harry were there too. Everyone met up in London Fields - seventeen schools took part with around three hundred and twenty cyclists over all. We kicked off at London Fields, pedalled through Shoreditch Park and on to Stoke Newington, Clissold Park, Clapton, Millfields Park, picking up more schools at each stop, then on to  Hackney Marshes, Homerton, the Town Hall and finished up back at London Fields, a distance of around ten miles. Along the whole route we were accompanied by police out-riders, who were stopping the traffic and keeping us safe. I managed to get two punctures along the way but the combined efforts of the crack team of Harry and Neil soon had me back on the road, cycling furiously to catch up with the rest of the group. 

Tyler - head of sustainable travel from Hackney council attempting to muster the riders in Clissold Park
After lunch in London Fields we watched a performance of a world BMX champion perform his amazing stunts - he was even crazy enough to do a three sixty off the top of a van, 12 feet off the ground. WOW!! All in all it was a great day, but everyone was pretty tired by the end.

 – by Frank Ramsay
Frank - centre - with school mates about to set off on part three of the ride from Clissold Park
Great stuff Frank - although as Trevor pointed out on the day - "We are the traffic" - (cyclists) - can we nick that slogan if Hackney LCC don't use it?

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