Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.
Published at 13:54 on 15 September 2015
CUMBERNAULD’S Broadwood Stadium welcomed around 500 families at the end of the last month, as part of an event aimed at promoting safe cycling.
As part of the all-day event, around 500 families got on their bikes to celebrate the contribution that cycling can make to a healthy and active lifestyle.
Pulled together by North Lanarkshire Council’s Road Safety team, the ‘Let’s Get Cycling’ event, at Broadwood Stadium, on August 23rd proved a huge hit.
During the free event, children and adults tried bikes of all different shapes and sizes from balance bikes to multi cycles as well as bikes that powered scalextrics games.
There were also bikes to suit people with disabilities or mobility issues, while the Cumbernauld Centurions BMX Club opened their purpose-built track for taster sessions.
"The number of people who came along to our Let's Get Cycling event showed just how popular cycling has become as a sport, a hobby and for commuters," Councillor James Coyle, Convener of the council’s Planning and Transportation Committee said.
He added: "There were bikes for everyone to try, highlighting how accessible cycling can be. And we have 100km of cycle paths around North Lanarkshire to use, opening up opportunities to enjoy the countryside and travel between our towns and villages."
The event was run on our behalf by Get Cycling, with support from North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd, Recyke-a-bike, I Am Recycled, St Andrew's First Aid, and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service with funding from Paths for All's grant scheme, Smarter Choices, Smarter Places, which supports behaviour change initiatives to increase active and sustainable travel modes.
Commenting on the event, North Lanarkshire Leisure’s Chief Executive, Blane Dodds said: "It's been our pleasure to host this event at Broadwood and lovely to see so many people getting on their bikes on a nice day.
"Cycling has lots to offer us; from pure fun to great 'low-impact' exercise and, of course, encouraging commuting on two wheels instead of four will have massive environmental benefits."
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