A procession of around 100 boat-themed bicycles joined Ellesmere Port’s popular Bikes and Boats Festival last weekend.
The fun-packed day, which Sustrans organised with the National Waterways Museum, was inspired by Ellesmere Port’s bike carnivals of the 1900s. It included a decorated boat-themed bike ride from Whitby Park to the National Waterways Museum, with a send-off by Ellesmere Port brass band, and a Mini Bike and Boats Ride in Whitby Park for youngsters on scooters and stabilisers.
The National Waterways Museum offered free admission during the Festival and there was a packed programme of bike and boat activities, including Danny Butler’s Extreme Mountain Bike Show, novelty bikes and a competition for the best-dressed bikes.
Sustrans Organiser Ali Dore said:
“The Bikes and Boats Festival recreated the spirit of the Bike carnivals and was a fun day out for all the family. There was free entry to the National Waterways Museum and Danny Butler gave an awe-inspiring performance. People also had a chance to try out cycling on the National Cycle Network through the town and along the canal."
Sustrans has been working with the local community in Ellesmere Port for two years to help identify ways to improve public spaces and encourage more walking and cycling. Route 563 of the National Cycle Network links Ellesmere Port to the canal and the National Waterways Museum.
The Ellesmere Port Community Places project is based on a concept first developed in the streets of New York. Sustrans community street designers use simple ideas such as pop up outdoor cafes, plants and temporary art installations to calm roads and encourage people to reclaim the streets as public spaces for community events, walking and cycling.
Ellesmere Port Community Places project is funded by the Peoples’ Health Trust using money raised by HealthFit.