Celebrity support needed for Sustrans cycling tour

Sustrans charity is calling on celebrity support for its summer cycle tour. Pedal On UK spans the UK and celebrates over 80

new networks of walking and cycling routes, passing through over 30 communities.

Celebrities are invited to take part in one of the organised bike rides, which run from August 16th to September 7th (2013),

and hope to evoke the Olympic and Paralympic cycling success of 2012.

The party will be visiting places which have recently gained cycling and walking networks.

Richard Cooper, leader of the St Neots Sustrans Rangers Group, said: “I would hope it will further raise awareness of cycling

in the area.”

He said St Neots features in the route because of Willow Bridge which Sustrans helped fund. The project involved the foot and

cycle bridge over the River Great Ouse and a network of paths to it.

Mr Cooper, a cycling instructor, said: “It’s great that they are promoting the National Cycle Network. St Neots was chosen

because of Willow Bridge. Sustrans put £700,000 into that project.

“Sustrans won the £50 million Big Lottery grant back in 2008 and that’s going towards financing 79 projects across the UK

under the Connect2 banner. It’s connecting one community to another. The Willow Bridge was to connect Eynesbury to Eaton


“That was the main one around here and it was one of the first ones to be completed.”

He said he hopes St Neots Town Council will organise something more formal between the town and Sustrans to acknowledge the

ride is happening.

The St Neots Sustrans Rangers Group has been organising bike rides in the area for four years, the most recent of which took

place on Saturday.

The event will harness the energy and enthusiasm of London 2012 to inspire more people to take up regular physical activity.

Celebrities, Olympic Games Makers, community groups, schools and volunteers will raise awareness of these new routes and the

benefits they bring to communities and the environment. At the heart of the event is ‘The Ride’ – a nationwide cycle tour

with eight different stages. Starting in London, The Ride will visit communities that have recently benefited from new

walking and cycling networks and culminate with a grand celebration event in Glasgow.

For further information, contact Gavin Watson on gavin.watson@sustrans.org.uk or visit the Pedal On UK website.

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