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CYCLE JOURNEYS MOVE UP A GEAR

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The number of cycle journeys made in London has increased by 67 per cent...
The number of cycle journeys made in London has increased by 67 per cent

during the past five years, figures released today by Transport for London

reveal.

From May 2000 to May 2005 to number of weekly cycle journeys on TfL's roads

rose from 60,000 to more than 101,000.

The news comes as London gears up for the second annual cycling festival,

BikeFest in the Square on Sunday 12 June between 1pm and 5pm. The event

will provide great entertainment for the whole family, not just experienced

cyclists.

BikeFest will include a wide range of bike-themed entertainment and

activities including:

*Guided bike rides around central London

*Theatre performances on bikes

*Bike try out area for all ages and abilities

*Kids workshop to create accessories and badges

*Sculpture

*Puppet shows

*Street dance

*A style show and much more

TfL's Bike Doctor clinic will be on hand to offer free health checks for

bikes. A team of Bike Doctor mechanics will advise on minor bike ailments,

from checking the gears to tightening up the brakes.

There will be a prize draw to win a brand new bike courtesy of Evans Cycles

and TfL, free supervised bike parking will also be available.

Peter Hendy, managing director of Surface Transport, TfL, said: 'These new

figures show that TfL's work to make cycling safer and more convenient is

having a real impact. But that work isn't finished and during the summer

months we want as many people as possible to hop on a bike to explore the

city. BikeFest in the Square will show people that cycling in London is fun

enjoyable and a great way to get around.

'There will be some exciting family entertainment on offer, including bikes

for hire and I hope people will take the chance to experience for themselves

the buzz and benefits of cycling in London.'

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