On your bike!

Pedal power is coming to Merton as Merton Council urges residents to get on their bikes for Bike Week 2003, which runs from 14 – 22 June.

Bike Week 2003 is a national campaign featuring over 1000 events across the country aimed at getting more people riding more often. It is an enjoyable and social way to encourage people to try cycling in London.

Various events have been organised across Merton during the week to encourage residents to give cycling a go.

All week
Free breakfasts – from Merton Civic Centre Coffee Shop, will be available for anyone who cycles to work in Morden from Monday 16 to Friday 20 June.
The Odeon Wimbledon – are showing a short season of cycling films including Il Postino, The Bicycle Thief and Jour de Fete.
Cycling in art competition – students at local schools are invited to submit works of art that depict cycling in a positive light for a £500 prize. Contact 020 8545 3192.

Saturday 14 June
Mitcham Carnival – The theme for this year’s carnival is ‘Transport through the Ages’ and will include a display of unusual bikes, free cycle information and maps, cycle training sessions, Merton Cycling Campaign and the Dr Bike Surgery offering advice, minor repairs and MOT’s

Sunday 15 June
Wandle Wander Ride – Ride some or the whole length of the River Wandle. Starting from the Wandle Mouth, Wandsworth at 10am or Merton Abbey Mills, Merton (off Merantun Way) at 11.30am.

Wednesday 18 June
Cycle information event – information, features and demonstrations at Wimbledon Piazza from 10am – 4pm.

Richmond Park Sunset Ride – Meet at 8pm outside Wimbledon Station forecourt, for a gentle ride over Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, meeting other LCC groups. Finish at 9.30pm at The Roebuck.

Friday 20 June
BBQ and social evening – Meet members of Merton’s cycling campaign group at 88 Aylward Road, Merton Park.

Saturday 21 June
Wimbledon Common Fair – cycling information display and free maps. Visit the Dr Bike Surgery for checks, MOTs, advice and minor repairs by professional cycle mechanics from Action Bikes.

Sunday 22 June
Discover Merton Treasure Hunt Ride – Follow clues along a short route on quiet roads and traffic free cycle routes, all in Merton. It is suitable for families and accompanied children and includes prizes for winners and runners up. Starts 10.30am outside Wimbledon Station.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning, Councillor Russell Makin said: “Before I became a councillor I used to cycle between centra