Move Up a Gear for Bike Week

Exciting Range of events in Ealing and Acton

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The Ealing Cycling Campaign is planning a range of fun-packed activities for all ages for this year’s Bike Week (19-27 June).

Residents can have their bikes checked over at the Doctor Bike surgeries taking place on 19 and 26 June.

A series of organised rides is also planned, including the ever-popular Sunset Ride on 23 June that leaves from Ealing Town Hall at 7pm and finishes with a drink in a pub watching the sun go down from Richmond Hill. The festivities will close on Sunday 27 June with a family-friendly ride and picnic that leaves Ealing Town Hall at 10am.

All the rides are ideal for beginners or people who want to gain some road skills. This includes those who have not ridden for a while, or simply feel daunted by the idea of cycling any distance.

Elly Castellano, spokeswoman for the Ealing Cycling Campaign, says: “Bike Week is the ideal opportunity to discover - or rediscover – the joys of cycling. It is also a great way to keep fit, save money and do your bit for the environment.”

Bike Week is the UK’s annual celebration of cycling, with more than 1,500 events expected to attract over 250,000 participants.

Events calendar

Saturday 19 June - Doctor Bike and stall Ealing Green
From 10am until 4pm. Join us on Ealing Green, between High Street and Bond Street, where Doctor Bike will be present to check over your bike and resolve any minor problems. There will also be cycle maps, leaflets and people on hand to give advice and guidance on all things cycling. (Event takes place on Ealing Green, W5 5DA)

Sunday 20 June - Ride to the West London Greenfest
Leaving at 10am from Ealing Town Hall steps, join us on a leisurely ride to Hammersmith to visit the West London Greenfest. There will be music, food, and numerous stalls celebrating all things "green". (Meet outside Ealing Town Hall, W5 2BY)

Tuesday 22 June - Great Houses and Lock Cottages Ride
A leisurely ride along the Grand Union canal starting from Osterley Station. Meet at 6.30pm for a 7pm prompt start. The ride lasts about one-and-a-half hours and ends at the London Apprentice pub on the Thames. Stay and enjoy a drink, or make your own way home. You must bring lights! (Meet outside Osterley Station, TW7 4PU‎)

Wednesday 23 June – Sunset Ride
Leaving at 7pm from Ealing Town Hall steps, join us for a gentle ride along the river to watch the sun go down over Richmond Hill. This will be followed by drinks at the Roebuck pub. You must bring lights! (Meet outside Ealing Town Hall, W5 2BY)

Saturday 26 June – Information stall at Acton Market
From 10am until 1pm. Join us in the market square in Acton Town Centre where you can pick up cycle maps and get your cycling questions answered. (Event takes place near Morrisons supermarket, Acton, W3 9LA)

Saturday 26 June - Dr Bike and information stall, Northolt Green Living Fair
From 11am until 3pm. Join us in Northolt Park in Newmarket Avenue where Dr Bike will be present to check over your bike. There will also be an information stall offering cycle maps, leaflets and general advice on all things cycling. The fair will have bike tryouts and car-club information. (Nearest postcode is UB5)

Sunday 27 June - Family Borough Ride
Leaving at 10am from Ealing Town Hall steps, join us for a child-friendly ride around the borough keeping to the tow paths and quietest roads. The ride ends in Pitshanger Park - so bring a picnic! Certificates for all children who join in. (Meet outside Ealing Town Hall, W5 2BY). The ride will be repeated on 11 July and 22 August.

Five reasons to get on your bike

  • Over half of our car journeys are less than 5 miles – swapping them for an easy 30 minute bike ride can save you a small fortune in fuel costs
  • Cyclists live on average at least two years longer than non-cyclists and their fitness levels are equivalent to being ten years younger – so forget nip and tuck, think pedal and push!
  • Cycling is the ultimate family activity; it’s free, healthy, fun and encourages children to be independent
  • Cycling gets you out and about and you’re more likely to find that cute little delicatessen or beautiful park you never knew existed than when you’re cooped up in a car
  • In a hurry? During rush-hour, a bicycle is twice as fast as a car - good if you hate traffic jams! Even better, you won’t spend a penny on parking




June 10, 2010