Pedal power hope for car­bon foot­print

Vil­lage’s fam­ily ride to high­light cli­mate change

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­

THE phrase ‘On yer bike’ usu­ally holds neg­a­tive con­no­ta­tions, but there is a group of peo­ple who are hop­ing to change those words for good.

Change4Chal­font is a com­mu­nity-led ini­tia­tive group based in Chal­font St Peter that are hop­ing to both re­duce the vil­lage’s car­bon foot­print and its im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

They have or­gan­ised a fam­ily bike ride for next Sun­day, June 7, which starts at 2pm from the Bike Barn, Mar­ket Place, and goes along coun­try roads be­fore head­ing back about 5pm.

A quick stop over at the Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum is planned dur­ing the ride for peo­ple to have a drink and a snack.

The ‘Bike Doc­tor’, oth­er­wise known as Roland Col­li­cott, a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal­con­sul­tant from the vil­lage, will be one of the lead­ers of the ride and is keen for peo­ple to take part.

He said: “We’re all about in­creas­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness.

“We’re try­ing to re­duce peo­ple’s en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact so we’re a lo­cal group do­ing things lo­cally, sort of chip­ping away.

“We en­cour­age peo­ple to ride their bikes and show them ac­tu­ally it’s quite a pos­si­bil­ity to ride around Chal­font St Peter.”

He added: “We’re just go­ing to have a very short ride with the em­pha­sis be­ing on a fam­ily ride.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Col­li­cott the public can feel a lit­tle over­whelmed when it comes to cli­mate change.

He said: “I think peo­ple have an in­creased aware­ness but peo­ple still feel that noth­ing they can do makes a dif­fer­ence and our feel­ing is that if we all chip away we can make a dif­fer­ence.”

He added: “I’m a sci­en­tist and I can see that cli­mate change is for real and it’s some­thing that we need to do some­thing about.”

Mr Col­li­cott is “op­ti­mistic” about the bike ride, at which any­one un­ac­com­pa­nied over 14 is wel­come to at­tend, but added that if peo­ple wish to go to send him an email be­fore­hand.

Con­tact rcol­li­cott@ chal­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

ON YER BIKE: Roland Col­li­cott with vil­lagers pre­par­ing for the Change4Chal­font fam­ily bike ride

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