On your bike!

Pedal power has come to Merton as Merton Council urges residents to get on their bikes for Bike Week 2005, which runs from 11 – 19 June.

Bike Week 2005 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 ranging from a ‘Cycle the Wandle’ event on Sunday 12 June to a free breakfast for cyclists who cycle to work.

Events include:

· Cycle the Wandle
Wandle Valley Festival is on Sunday 12 June and will include rides along the Wandle Trail with leaders from local groups of the London Cycling Campaign and Sustrans. Refreshments will be available at 11am and 12.30pm in the Rose Garden areas at Morden Hall Park. For ride times phone 020 8647 0766 or visit http://www.wandlevalleyfestival.org.uk

· Evening Ride – Wednesday 15 June
The ride will head to Richmond across Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park – bring lights and pub money. Starts from Wimbledon Station at 7.30pm.

· Bike Breakfast – Thursday 16 June
Breakfast will be provided to all those cycling on the day as well as free entry to exciting prize draws. Available from Merton Council car/bike park from 7.30am to 10.30am.

· Cycle Stand – Saturday 18 June
Freebies and cycle information will be available outside Safeway, Wimbledon Plaza from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

For further information on Bike Week 2005 in Merton contact Merton Council on 020 8545 3760 or pick up a leaflet from Merton Link. Alternatively visit http://www.lcc.org.uk