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Cycle Festival

Cycle Festival

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People of all ages and abilities are gearing up for an out-of-this world celebration of cycling in Bearsden and Milngavie.

From pedal-powered cinemas and extra-terrestrials to African adventures and local history rides, there will be something for everyone at The Big Bike Fest from May 28 to June 5, culminating in The Big Bike Fest Gala near Allander Leisure Centre.

The free family gala includes an exciting stunt show, ‘funny’ bikes, cycle lessons, a skills track, bouncy castles and more.

Other events during The Big Bike Fest include:

· An Evening with Mark Beaumont: Africa Solo (Wednesday, June 1 at Milngavie Town Hall) - join the celebrated cyclist as he recounts riding the entire length of Africa. Free, but book tickets now to avoid disappointment.

· Family Night Ride and Cycle Cinema (June 3 - meet at Bearsden Primary) - help power the cycle cinema and enjoy a screening of ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’

· Belles on Bikes: Ladies Night Ride (May 31)

· Midweek Meander for people over the age of 60 (May 31) - taking in local cycle routes and areas of interest

· Sunday Cycle Skool (May 29 at the Allander) - calling all mums, dads and mini-cyclists - come along and spend the morning learning to cycle, topped off with a group ride in the afternoon with Sustrans Sunday Cycling Skool. Free, but booking essential.

· Bike Breakfast with Dr Bike (June 1)

· Mr Chipping’s History Ride (June 4) - join the Victorian headmaster for an historic tour of Bearsden by bicycle.

· And much, much more - visit www.thebigbikefest.org.uk for the full list and to book.

The Big Bike Fest is being delivered by The Bike Station Glasgow - supported by the Council and Sustrans.

Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of Development and Regeneration at the council, said: “The aim of the festival is to showcase the array of cycling opportunities in the local area for families, social cyclists, commuters and, of course, anyone interested in getting on - or back on - a bike.

“One of the key barriers to getting more people cycling - particularly families, women and older people - is a lack of confidence, particularly with traffic.

“The festival will connect people and provide practical help to demonstrate that cycling really is for everyone.”

For more information, visit www.thebigbikefest.org.uk, www.facebook.com/thebigbikefest and follow @BigBikeFest on Twitter.