Tour de Hackney - free mass cycling event

Sunday 17August 2008
1pm to 7pm
Shoreditch Park and around the cycle routes of Hackney

Happening in Hackney

Take to two wheels this summer and join Hackney’s first borough-wide free cycling event at this year’s Shoreditch Festival.

Taking place on Sunday 17 August the Tour de Hackney, jointly funded by Hackney Council and Shoreditch Trust, will guide riders through historic Hackney, taking in green spaces and routes past the Olympic Park site. There will be rides to suit beginners and those with more experience as well as a whole day of activities promoting the health benefits and environmental sustainability of cycling.

There will be prizes to be won, goodies to collect and lots of bike-related entertainment and stalls in Shoreditch Park. Find out how you can keep fit, have fun with bikes and have all your questions answered about bike safety and training.

The Tour de Hackney Hub in Shoreditch Park will feature:

•Free Dr Bike workshops.
•A bike polo tournament with beginners and half-time activities.
•A unicycle hockey competition.
•Cycle safety courses.
•Bikes to try hire and buy.
•Stunt cycling outfit – Team Extreme.
•Bike ballet.
•On-site bar and food stalls.

As well as all this, Lift - formerly London International Festival of Theatre - will introduce The Lift: an innovative and stunning portable arts venue which will be based in Shoreditch Park throughout the Festival. At Tour de Hackney it will present the internationally acclaimed K’Boum bike circus at Tour De Hackney with performances at 3pm and 6pm.

Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, said: “This will really put Hackney on the cycling map. It’s fun, good for the environment and a great way to keep fit.”

The Shoreditch Festival is produced by Shoreditch Trust and aims to bring together communities through involvement in high-quality performances and cultural experiences in partnership with leading arts organisations. Running from 16 to 24 August, the Festival’s twin themes in 2008 are sports and arts culminating in the official welcome of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by host borough Hackney on Sunday 24 August.