An extreme mountain bike display, a pedal powered disco and a seven-seater ‘conference bike’ were part of a one-day festival at Mid Cheshire College in Hartford, near Northwich, to celebrate the launch of Pedal Power Experience, a bike event workers co-operative and new cycle hub in Hartford.
The college campus was transformed into a bicycle-themed playground with a Mountain Bike Pump Track, Pedicab rides, a Cycle Road Show of 20+ bikes and an array of Pedal power generator activities including a Cinema, Disco, You Watt challenge, Mobile phone charger, Bubble machine and Scalextric Velodrome.
The festival marked the end of Sustrans’ three year-long Access 2 Education project to encourage active travel at the college and surrounding schools in Hartford.
Now the non-profit co-op Pedal Power Experience will help get more students on two wheels by staging fun and innovative cycling activities at events in and around Cheshire. It aims to provide volunteer, employment and training opportunities as well as a cycling hub based at Cloughwood Academy that renovates unwanted bicycles and provides bicycle maintenance education.
Mid Cheshire College is on a campus which includes 12 schools and colleges for around 4000 children of all ages, most of whom travel by car. Hartford experiences such high levels of traffic that at peak times that school staff have to escort children safely across the road.
Sustrans Project officer Stewart Walsh said:
“The new Bike event Co-operative and Cycle Hub is great news for local people and we would really like to hear from anyone or who would like to be involved or donate unwanted bicycles.
“The bicycle has always been celebrated by students as a great, economical and healthy form of transport, so here in Hartford we are celebrating the benefits of all things pedal-powered. Hartford campus has high levels of traffic, which creates issues for local businesses and the health and wellbeing of families. If more people walked or cycled to school or college it would be a much better environment for everyone.”