London,
28
July
2009
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Campaign boost for cycling confidence

More than 150 cyclists made a pit stop in Northchurch Terrace, N1, earlier this month for a free 5-minute bike check up as part of Hackney Council’s Cycle with Confidence campaign.

The Cycle Pit Stop on Tuesday 14 July, organised by the Council’s Streetscene Department, was one in a series of events designed for cyclists of all levels, to boost confidence and get more people cycling in the borough.

Five qualified mechanics checked around 100 bikes and provided advice over three hours. Cyclists also got a free banana, cycling information and maps, and were able to purchase subsidised bike accessories, including locks, lights and repair kits. Those requiring major work on their bikes were given a 10% discount on service and parts at participating local cycle shops.

The month-long campaign also included free cycle training, and the chance to see first hand how a cyclist looks from the cab of a lorry and learn about positioning when cycling near an HGV.

More than 300 cyclists stopped at Kingsland Fire Station for advice and information from the Council’s Road Safety Team and the Met’s Traffic Police. Around 17 people took time to sit in one of the two lorry cabs on site.

Councillor Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Cycle with Confidence has been a great success, providing training, information and advice to encourage more people to get on their bikes in Hackney. Cycling is a healthy, low cost and environmentally friendly way to travel and it’s great to see the growing number of people making use of our excellent routes and facilities.”

At a second cycle pit stop event in Bouverie Road, N16, on Thursday 23 July, more than 100 cyclists turned up and over 60 bikes were checked over.

Cycling is increasingly becoming a preferred method of transport in Hackney, not only for its health benefits, but because it’s also faster and cheaper than many other options.

The Council provides two hours free cycle training to all those who live, work and study in the borough, giving everyone the opportunity to get on their bike and cycle with confidence.

To find out more about cycling and road safety in Hackney visit the Council’s website: www.hackney.gov.uk/movebybike