Corby residents asked to get on their bikes

Jamie and Andrew Nash, who were enjoying the pedal powered racing circuit at Corby's cycling festival

Jamie and Andrew Nash, who were enjoying the pedal powered racing circuit at Corby's cycling festival

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Onlookers were told to saddle up as a town celebrated the launch of its cycling route map with a biking festival.

The free event took place outside the Corby Cube from 10am to 3pm today and was aimed at encouraging residents to consider cycling for leisure and commuting, as well as riding round the town’s green spaces.

Cllr Paul Beattie, who organised the event with the county council, said that more than 200 people had put on their brakes to have a look round, with a cycle-powered sound system proving popular.

He said: “We’ve had at least 200 people stop by, and the cycle maps have being going like hot cakes, so I’m pleased.

“This event is all about promoting cycling, and it is important to encourage people to start biking in the town.

Corby is very safe, there’s a lot of nice green spaces, and biking is healthier and greener. It’s a win-win.

“I think there’s a bit of trepidation for a lot of people about first getting on a bike, but we want to show the benefits of it and show that Corby is safe to ride round.”

The cycle map, which was given away free at the event, contains all the roads in Corby, and shows people which ones are appropriate for both beginners and more experienced riders.

It also shows how busy roads tend to be, cycle paths, and dedicated stores and parking.

Cyclists at the pedal powered sound-system, which allows people to ride on a static bike to their favourite songs, said the attraction had brought a lot of interest from onlookers.

Families also enjoyed a mini-race track, while bikers could have their cycles checked by a team from Adrenaline Alley’s Care4Bikes programme.

Elsewhere at the festival, a BMX mini ramp allowed bikers to show off their skills, while various quirky custom bikes were on show.