Cy­cle-friendly route is mapped out

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A THOU­SAND peo­ple headed to the Mar­ket Place to see how the town is be­com­ing more cy­cle friendly.

Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil is on a mis­sion to en­cour­age more peo­ple to get out on their bikes and has pro­duced new cy­cle maps to give fam­i­lies and rid­ers more con­fi­dence to cy­cle around the town.

The coun­cil cel­e­brated the re­lease of new cy­cle maps with a ‘Cy­cle Satur­day’ event, which was at­tended by around 1,000 peo­ple.

About 30 cy­clists took part in a group cy­cle ride to test out the new routes, led by the Mac­cles­field Wheel­ers.

Mike Gaskell, who took part, said: “It was a great ride or­gan­ised by Mac­cles­field Wheel­ers, and the sup­port from the other rid­ers was great mo­ti­va­tion too. I look for­ward to more Cy­cle Satur­days in the fu­ture.”

Lo­cal cy­cle shop Ride and Re­pair joined the event to fix any bikes and Va­ri­ety Fit­ness demon­strated yoga specif­i­cally de­signed for cy­clists. St John Am­bu­lance gave cy­cling first aid ad­vice, Cheshire Fire Ser­vice talked about stay­ing safe on the roads and Mac­cles­field Po­lice of­fered tips on bike se­cu­rity. Ev­ery­body Leisure also brought a ‘smoothie bike’ along and chal­lenged peo­ple to take part in a static cy­cling com­pe­ti­tion.

The cy­cle route leaflets can be picked up from the library and the Visi­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, or on­line at mac­cles­field-tc. gov.uk.

Pic­tures by Irene Lea

Peo­ple tak­ing part in Cy­cle Satur­day in Mac­cles­field,

The event proved pop­u­lar

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