Norwich park to host one-day bicycle bonanza

Falcon Junior School youngsters took part in a cycling training session. Pic: Norfolk County Council

Falcon Junior School youngsters took part in a cycling training session. Pic: Norfolk County Council. - Credit: Norfolk County Council

BMX stunts, a bicycle obstacle course, a treasure trail and tips on riding safely will all be on offer when Norwich hosts a one-day cycling bonanza.

The free 'Pushing Ahead' event will take place on the Heartsease recreation ground, between Salhouse Road and Woodside Road, and will focus on all things cycle related.

Visitors will be able to get involved with family friendly activities such as a bike ride treasure trail, an 'It's a Knockout' style team competition and a bicycle obstacle course.

There will be a chance to see the 3sixty BMX stunt team perform, and people can treat their own bike to a safety assessment, with any minor repairs needed being carried out for free.

And people will be able to get free riding safety tips from the Bikeability team.

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Simon Eyre, Norfolk County Council's member champion for cycling and walking, said: 'There'll be plenty happening on the day including an obstacle course and a treasure hunt for children and grown-ups to get involved with, amazing BMX displays to see, and the chance to tune up both your bike and your riding skills.'

In the run up to the event schools are getting involved with a number of cycle activities.

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Falcon Junior School in Sprowston was one of the first with Level 2 Cyclist Training session last week, where pupils were introduced to the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to ride amongst traffic and encouraged to choose cycling as a healthy and sustainable form of transport.

George Nobbs, county councillor for the Crome division, which includes Heartsease, said: 'This cycling event has been put on especially for the local Heartsease community and it's a great opportunity for people to come along and join in with the range of cycling activities.'

People are encouraged to arrive at the event, which runs from 10am until 3pm on Sunday on two wheels.

The recreation ground is crossed by Norwich's 'pink pedalway' which runs from Heartsease, through the city centre, to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Pushing Ahead is a partnership between Active Norfolk, AtoBetter, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Trails, Norwich City Council, and Think!Norfolk

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