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Gosforth Bike Train alternative to the car during forthcoming road closures?

July 10, 2017 1:37 PM
Originally published by Newcastle upon Tyne Liberal Democrats

There are Bike Trains running from Monday 17th to Friday 21s July to help people avoid the likely disruption during the first few weeks of the Killingworth Road closure.

Essentially it is a group ride on quiet roads and traffic-free paths starting in Fenham going to the Freeman Hospital / Benton Park View / Quorum depending on who is interested. It would be ideal for staff travelling from near Fenham and Gosforth who want to try cycling but maybe aren't so confident on the road or aren't sure of what routes to take.

Bike4Health (http://www.bike4health.org) will be leading the ride so no one gets lost. They are a community interest company developed to enable local communities, businesses and children to incorporate cycling into their lives. They have found a source of funding so this week would be free for anyone wishing to try it out.

There's information about a previous 'train' here if you want to know what it's like:http://spaceforgosforth.com/choo-choo-the-bike-train/ and a promotional film on the Bike4Health website: http://www.bike4health.org

To book please follow the links below for the day or days you want or copy and paste into your browser.

Monday 17th July : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-bike4health-bike-train-beat-the-killingworth-closure-chaos-tickets-35923992629?aff=es2

Tuesday 18th July : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-bike4health-bike-train-beat-the-killingworth-closure-chaos-tickets-35966896957?aff=es2

Wednesday 19th July : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-bike4health-bike-train-beat-the-killingworth-closure-chaos-tickets-35966931059?aff=es2

Thursday 20th July : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-bike4health-bike-train-beat-the-killingworth-closure-chaos-tickets-35966965161?aff=es2

Friday 21st July : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-bike4health-bike-train-beat-the-killingworth-closure-chaos-tickets-35967009293?aff=es2

To show that even he could do it, Cllr Robin Ashby took part in a demo Bike Train from Fenham/Wingrove Bike Garden to Quorum Business Park yesterday, which included a 7 year old. 6500 people go there, many travel by car and will be affected by the forthcoming Killingworth Road closure. It took only 35 minutes as an Easy Rider, so workers who drive there might like to consider cycling as an alternative. Here's the route and stats, and happy snaps too (it passed through his Parklands Ward) https://www.strava.com/activities/1073713708

Wingrove Bike Garden

Cycling in Parklands

Quorum Business Park