London,
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August
2008
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Join the Sunday Cycle Picnic in Hackney

Sunday Cycle Picnic
Sunday, 7 September 2008
Midday to 5pm
London Fields, Hackney, E8
FREE

Dress up, pack yourself a picnic hamper and head to London fields to celebrate cycling at the Sunday Cycle Picnic on 7 September, organised by Hackney Council in partnership with Cyclechic.co.uk, Bobbin Bicycles and Sawako Furuno.

Celebrate the fun of cycling with garden games made from recycled bicycle parts. Vintage cycling films will be screened in the one of the world’s first pedal powered cinemas, the Magnificent Revolution, to add to the fun.

Cyclechic.co.uk, Bobbin Bicycles and Sawako Furuno will also be running a light hearted a competition for the best dressed cyclist and bicycle.

The event aims to encourage more women to get on their bicycles and experience the fun and freedom of cycling around London without feeling like they need to wear sportswear or change their everyday style or habits.

The partners in the event are all young women who want to make cycling more accessible and fun for women. Caz Nicklin from the blog Cycle Chic, said:

“When I first started cycling in London, I can honestly say it changed my life. I swapped the sweltering tube carriage for a cycle ride through the leafy streets with a smile on my face. I lost weight and felt much more energised and found a new sense of independence by finding my own way around London. There is something very ladylike and elegant about riding a bike and with the right outfit on you can really turn some heads.”

Cllr Alan Laing, Hackney Council cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said:

“Research by the Department for Transport shows that women of all ages cycle less than men, with the difference greatest among people aged 17-20. Hackney has a great network of cycle routes and has been voted best bike borough in London. Cycling is great fun, good for the environment and good for your health. Events like the Sunday Cycle Picnic are a great way to encourage more people, especially women, to cycle.”

The event also aims to be a zero waste event with people encouraged to bring their own picnic and think of the environment.

For more information please go online to www.hackney.gov.uk/sundaycyclepicnic or contact Louisa Clarke, Hackney Council on 020 8356 8189 or louisa.clarke@hackney.gov.uk.