London,
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July
2009
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Cycle with confidence in Hackney

Free cycle training, 5-minute bike check ups, and the chance to see first hand how a cyclist looks from the cab of a lorry and the best place to position yourself when cycling near an HGV – these are some of the events available as part of Hackney Council’s Cycle with Confidence campaign, which runs for a month from Saturday 11th July.

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 options. Hackney is already ranked number one in the UK in terms of growth in cycling. However, not everyone has the confidence to get on their bike. Over the next month the Council will be holding a series of events designed for all levels.

Highlights include: free cycle training for all ages and abilities at Fellowes Court Estate on 11 July; cycle pitstops, where you can get a free health check for your bike at Northchurch Terrace E8 (near junction with De Beauvoir) on Tues 14 July, 4-7pm and at Bouverie Road N16 (near junction with Stoke Newington Church St) on Thurs 23 July, 4-7pm; and the cycle/HGV awareness morning at Kingsland Fire Station on 14 July.

Councillor Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “The Council is proud of its cycling reputation and achievements over recent years. This campaign will give everyone the opportunity to build confidence to safely enjoy our excellent cycle routes. Cycling is also a great way to keep fit and to do your bit to help make Hackney a greener, cleaner place.”

Hackney has already added to its success of being recognised as the 2009 London Transport Borough of the Year with more sustainable transport journeys than any other London borough.

Hackney has the highest level of cycling amongst its residents in London, double the next highest borough, with Hackney experiencing greater numbers of women cycling than men, a reverse situation to other boroughs.

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