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A wheely good time in store at the Reigate Cycle Festival

A new festival has been organised in Reigate to encourage more people to embrace the bicycle.

The Reigate Cycle Festival will capitalise on the surge in popularity of pedal power since Team GB’s Olympic medal-winning heroics on the county’s roads last year.

The free festival – the first of its kind in Reigate – follows the resounding success of a similar event in Woking in June, where over a thousand people enjoyed a range of great attractions and picked up useful tips and advice about cycling.

Set to take place in Priory Park on Sunday 28 July between 10am and 5pm, the festival will have something for all the family, including:

  • Displays from Savage Skills, the UK’s most accomplished mountain bike stunt team.
  • Rollapaluza, a cycle roller challenge.
  • A pump track – a portable cycling course which simulates the experience of being on a real mountain bike trail, with sessions overseen by qualified instructors.
  • Skills zone, where you can have a go at bicycle handling and racing bikes.
  • Guided cycle safaris.
  • Advice to get started as a cyclist, or for those already cycling tips on how to make the most of your bike.
  • Expert advice on cycling safety and maintenance and stalls hosted by cycling groups, clubs and shops.

The festival forms part of Surrey County Council’s Travel SMART initiative, which aims to make it quicker and easier for people to get around in Surrey.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “Whether you’re new to cycling or seasoned in the saddle, the Reigate Cycle Festival will have something for everyone. Cycling should be a safe and fun activity and we’ll be spreading that message throughout the day.”

People who register for the festival in advance by visiting www.surreycc.gov.uk/travelsmart will be entered into a prize draw to win a £750 bike.

For more information, please call Quinton Drawbridge on 020 8541 9454.

Notes to editors

  • In addition to the Reigate Cycle Festival, the Guildford Cycle Festival will take place on Sunday 18 August.
  • The cycle festival series is run by Travel SMART, a programme designed to provide people in Woking, Guildford, Redhill and Reigate with more travel choices that help cut carbon, calories and cost. It aims to support economic growth and cut carbon by helping people travel better.
  • Travel SMART is run by Surrey County Council in partnership with other local organisations. All funding is provided by the Department for Transport.
  • Surrey County Council is also running a cycle safety campaign with Surrey Police called Cycle SMART. For more information visit drivesmartsurrey.org.uk/.

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