There'll be more than motors at the Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival!
Posted: Thu, 06 Jul 2017 12:06
Since being awarded its £1.48 million grant by the Department for Transport the Pushing Ahead partnership has been helping to improve cycling and walking opportunities across Great Yarmouth and Greater Norwich.
Following the successful launch of the new Great Yarmouth cycle map at Gorleston in Gear, the Pushing Ahead team will have a big presence at the forthcoming Wheels festival in Great Yarmouth on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July. The aim is to launch its new website and to kick start its new social media and outdoor campaign promoting cycling and walking in Norwich and Great Yarmouth, which is due to start later in the month.
Pushing Ahead is a partnership initiative that aims to promote walking and cycling through improvement in confidence, promotion of existing infrastructure, and raising awareness about the walking and cycling opportunities in Greater Norwich and Great Yarmouth. The new website brings together all the information that local residents need to get out and about and make the most of the walking and cycling opportunities.
Visitors to the Pushing Ahead zone at the Wheels Festival will have a chance to take a look at the new website and enter a competition to win an adult bike worth up to £300.
Supported by Active Norfolk, Pushing Ahead will be bringing all this together at the popular seaside festival. There will be a host of pedal-powered fun and cycling confidence building activities, including can-crushing, paint-spinning and balloon-blowing bikes. Aimed at encouraging Great Yarmouth residents to try out two wheels the team will be on hand to answer any bike related questions, anything from finding out about local cycle routes, to learning how to ride a bike
There will be "go-ride" skills and games sessions, bicycle health checks and maintenance workshops, and an adventure course with bikes provided. Local colleges will be bringing their engineered smoothie-making bikes and blade bikes.
Meanwhile, people will have the chance to ride some really wacky bikes, courtesy of Doc Spinoff and his Tricky Tricycles.
Councillor Simon Eyre, Norfolk's new member champion for walking and cycling said "We're delighted to be able to take part in the Wheels Festival at Great Yarmouth. Pushing Ahead is a fantastic initiative and it's great to be able to launch our campaign right in the heart of Great Yarmouth. I would urge any local residents thinking about getting a bike to come along to try it out for themselves here. Giving people the chance to get out and about on a bike rather than by car or bus is not only great for the environment but also good for your health and your pocket! Residents in both Norwich and Great Yarmouth should take advantage of the free cycling and walking schemes available. Full information can be found on the website at www.pushingaheadnorfolk.co.uk"
Ben Jones, Active Norfolk Director, said: "We're excited to be part of the popular Wheels Festival this year and give attendees who are interested in motors and engineering a chance to get a new take on cycling. There are lots of terrific cycling opportunities in and around Great Yarmouth, and we hope people will learn more about the local paths and pedalways, improve their cycling skills and confidence, and have fun at the festival."