Cyclists are in for a treat this year with the launch of a summer-long festival of cycling.
The festival will showcase the joys and benefits of cycling, and aims to encourage people to consider choosing two-wheeled transport over four.
Northamptonshire County Council, with partners, has organised the Summer of Cycling celebration which consists of a number of cycle-themed events throughout the county.
Regular cycling brings health benefits through exercise but other pluses come through cutting congestion on the roads, helping to reduce pollution.
Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “The Summer of Cycling is about celebrating all that’s good about cycling and the huge amount of benefits it brings, from health and wellbeing to the environmental advantages.
“Cycling is also a very cheap mode of transport and travelling by bike can hugely reduce commuting costs for many.
“What this festival does is demonstrate how easy it is to get into cycling and taking those first few steps into using it as a method of travel.
“Members of the public are encouraged to bring their bikes along to each of the events to take part in a range of activities and to pledge to cycle more for the chance to win some great prizes.”
The Summer of Cycling was launched this weekend (June 8/9) with a bike parade leading the Northampton Carnival.
Other events include:
KEEP on 2 Wheels Cycling Festival, Kingsthorpe Recreation Ground, Northampton – Sunday, June 16, 10am to 6pm.
Corby Celebration of Cycling, The Corby Cube – Saturday, June 22, 10am to 3pm.
East Northants Greenway Launch, Spencer Park, Rushden – Saturday, June 29, 10am to 3pm
Lamport Hall 100 Sportive, Lamport Hall – Sunday, June 30, starting 8.30am.
NNestival/Northampton Waterside Festival, Midsummer Meadow, Beckets Park, Northampton – Saturday/Sunday, July 6/7, 10am to 7pm.
3 Counties Cyclosportive, Holdenby House – Sunday, July 21, 8am.
Daventry Cyclefest, Daventry Country Park – Saturday, August 3, 11am to 3pm.
Wicksteed’s Wonderful Wheeled Weekend, Kettering – Saturday/Sunday August 10/11.
Umbrella Fair, The Racecourse, Northampton – Saturday/Sunday, August 17/18
Sustrans Pedal on UK, Beckets Park, Northampton – Wednesday, August 28.
The 24hr Silverstone Cycling Grand Prix – Saturday/Sunday September 14/15.
Cycle 4 Cynthia – Sunday, September 22
For a complete list of events go to www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/SummerofCycling