Newport Family Cycling Festival will take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September at Tredegar House, and this year even more families will be getting on their bikes.
The Newport City Homes sponsored festival is free for all to attend and is a joint venture organised by Sustrans Cymru, National Trust, RSPB Cymru, Welsh Cycling, HSBC Breeze and Newport Social Cycling.
A grand opening event will take place at 10:30am on Saturday 23 at Tredegar House. Special guests attending the opening include John Griffiths AM, the Blue Phoenix Marching Band and the Caldicot Male Voice Cycling Club Choir.
The weekend will be split into two days with Saturday’s 'Adventure Day' offering fun events for children and adults.
Sunday's 'Explore Day' will include a range of led rides for all skill levels, out of Tredegar House (and back) organised by Sustrans Cymru, Newport Social Cycling and Breeze. We want to see families and individuals of all generations out on their bikes and enjoying the local communities and beyond.
The festival will be a great opportunity for those attending to build their confidence in riding in groups or to simply socialise with others and perhaps try out new routes - the majority of which are traffic-free.
Steve Brooks, National Director at Sustrans Cymru said:
"I am delighted that Sustrans Cymru are involved in the second ever Newport Family Cycling Festival. The last festival proved to be a huge success with locals, and a total of 53 young people became proficient in National Standard Cycling Training level 1 - helping them to learn about road safety and build confidence in cycling, a skill that they will take into adulthood."
"This festival has been founded and organised by local volunteers which demonstrates that there is a real passion to encourage cycling for all ages in Newport and its surrounding areas. I would like to thank our volunteers for the inspiring work that they are doing here.’’
John Griffiths Assembly Member for Newport East said:
“I am looking forward to participating in the Festival and will be joining the Saturday ‘ride-in’ arriving at Tredegar House, having cycled from Community House in Eton Road.”
“It is great to be part of such a fantastic event which truly raises awareness that cycling really has a positive impact on health and well-being. All while providing enjoyment of the local environment and making use of the traffic-free routes which have been established across Newport.”