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Rickshaw service to mark European Mobility Week

A commuter challenge, a sustainable travel competition and a free rickshaw pedicab taxi service will all be taking place to mark European Mobility Week 2011.


The campaign runs from the 16th to the 22nd of September and aims to encourage more people to cycle, walk or use public transport.


Bedford Borough Council is committed to encouraging more people to use sustainable transport in the borough and is pleased to support European Mobility Week again this year.


The Council’s events to support Mobility Week launch on Saturday 17th September with a free rickshaw pedicab service for town centre visitors. This is the first time this service has been available in the town centre and will offer free, sustainable transport in and around the town centre throughout the day.


The rickshaw will be available from outside the Town Hall or alternatively by calling the number advertised on the rickshaw itself. It will operate from 9am until 5pm.


Monday 19th September will see the launch of a Sustainable Travel Competition where local residents will be challenged to only use sustainable transport on Wednesday and Thursday. Those taking part can then submit their entries for the competition via the Council website r via the Council’s Twitter account, @bedfordtweets. Entries will be placed into a draw on Friday 23rd September for the following categories - bus, train, motorbike, bicycle, pedestrian and car share. The winners will be notified by email and will receive appropriate prizes.


On Tuesday, a “Commuter Challenge” will take place during the peak morning rush hour. This will see volunteers travelling from a set location into Bedford town centre by bicycle, motorbike, bus and hybrid car. The event will help to demonstrate that sustainable transport is a viable way of travelling during busy periods. (Last year’s event was won by the pedal cyclist)


Wednesday will see a market stall in the town centre offering tips and advice on how to be more sustainable in our travel as well as offering the chance to submit an entry into the sustainable travel competition.


Finally, on Thursday there will be a free “Dr Bike” service in the town centre, offering free repairs, safety checks and advice for all cycle users.


Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “European Mobility Week is an excellent opportunity to highlight the options for sustainable travel across Bedford Borough.


“We provide more than 75km of cycle routes across the borough and we have also recently announced improvements to bus routes in the rural and urban areas. This demonstrates our commitment to offering sustainable transport as a viable option for local residents throughout the borough.”

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