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European Mobility Week

A Cycle powered cinema, a commuter challenge, free “Dr Bike” checks and bicycle security marking will all be taking place to mark European Mobility Week 2012.

 

The campaign runs from the 16th to the 22nd of September and aims to encourage more people to cycle, walk or use public transport. This year the theme is “Moving in the Right Direction”.

 

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 start on Tuesday 18th September with a “Commuter Challenge” will take place during the peak morning rush hour. This will see volunteers travelling from a set location to Bedford Midland Rail Station by bicycle, motorbike, bus and car. The event will help to demonstrate that sustainable transport is a viable way of travelling during busy periods.

 

Wednesday will see a market stall in the town centre offering tips and advice on how to travel more sustainably and members of the NHS will also be in attendance to provide advice on the health benefits of sustainable travel.

 

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.

 

On Saturday, as part of “In Town Without My Car Day” School of Us, in association with Bedford Borough Council, will present a Cycle Powered Cinema in Castle Bailey Gardens (outside The Lane) which will be free for the general public to attend. The event will involve member of the public cycling in order to power a large cinema screen. The event starts at 8pm.

 

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

 

“As a council, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment in a wide range of ways. However, we also want to work with local residents and help them to do the same.

 

“There are plenty of options to use sustainable travel in the borough. We provide more than 75 kilometres of cycle routes and have recently made it much easier for cyclists to cross the town centre with the works to Dame Alice Street. We are also working with bus operators to continue to improve the bus services in urban and rural parts of the borough.”

 

“I hope many people will get involved with European Mobility Week and see the range of options available across the borough.”

 

Further information on the Cycle Powered Cinema

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