Reigate Cycle Festival to be held next week
This year’s free Reigate Cycle Festival will take place on Sunday, July 20.
The family-friendly event, encouraging more local people to ditch their cars and get on their bikes instead, will take place in Priory Park from 10am to 5pm.
The festival will include stunt riding demonstrations, expert advice on safety and maintenance, and exhibits from cycling groups and shops.
There will also be a range of food stalls and children's entertainment. In addition, a guided bike tour around the park will be held, as well as other activities.
A Reigate and Banstead Borough Council spokesman said: “The free event is a way to find out more about cycling and caters to all abilities, from hard-core cycle enthusiasts to people who are interested in giving it a go for the first time.”
Last year's event drew more than 1,000 people.
Organisers are hoping to build on that success, with the festival forming part of Surrey County Council’s Travel SMART initiative.
The initiative aims to help Surrey residents cut carbon, calories and cost by ditching the car and using sustainable transport modes instead.
Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for transport and the environment, said: “We’re particularly keen for new cyclists and people getting back on their bike after a few years to come along to the festival.”
People who register for the free festival in advance by visiting http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/travelsmart will be entered into a prize draw to win a £750 bike.
A further festival will take place in Guildford’s Stoke Park on Sunday, August 17.