Kettering cycle event welcoming skateboarders, scooters and roller-skaters

Kettering's Critical Mass Cycling group are meeting again tomorrow

By Phoebe Radford
Thursday, 27th August 2020, 7:00 am
Critical mass cycling is about providing safety by riding in groups and highlighting the need for cycling paths
Critical mass cycling is about providing safety by riding in groups and highlighting the need for cycling paths

Kettering critical mass cycling group will be meeting for it's monthly ride tomorrow (Friday) evening.

You do not have to be on a bike to take part, the family-friendly event is open to anyone on wheels.

The group said: "We'll be riding, scooting, skating and rolling on a route around Kettering allowing you to build confidence on roads by being together as a mass group. Any and all ages are welcome to to join in.

There will be another mass cycling event in Kettering tomorrow

"Whatever size or number of wheels you have, from unicyclists, to skaters and everyone in-between, join us and we'll own the roads!"

Kettering's last critical mass cycling event was held on July 24, to mark one year since Kettering Council declared a climate emergency but critical mass cycling is also about giving riders a safe experience and highlighting the need for better cycling infrastructure.

Dez Dell, Kettering Green Party member, said: "I really enjoy the feeling of safety and security riding on our roads in a large group.

"It is great to see younger children with their families gaining the confidence to be on busy roads on their bikes.

Will you be joining in tomorrow?

"Lockdown really showed how peaceful our streets can be with many more people choosing to walk or cycle. The air felt so much cleaner like you could really breathe."

Elliott Sherbourne, 12, said: "I would love to see cycle-only lanes so it is safer and easier to get about everywhere."

April Wright said: "Cycling in a group gives me massive amounts of confidence and I feel 100 per cent safe. I have been struggling to take the plunge. The two rides I have been on have filled me with the courage to continue."

Kettering critical mass cycle rides are now taking place on the last Friday of every month. The group will be meeting at 6.30pm tomorrow (Friday) at Cornmarket Hall on London Road.

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