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Get set for National Bike Week

National Bike Week begins in two days with a wealth of exciting events going on across the UK. Bike Week is Britain’s biggest mass participation cycling event and takes place between June 15 to 23.  There are events for all, from families, schools and companies, to experienced cyclists. In 2012 almost half a million people took part in Bike Week. Here we bring you a pick of some of the best – and strangest events. Discovery Junior Cycling Club A club ride (open to non-members) on 15th June from 10am to noon starting from Caird Park Velodrome in Dundee. findyoulost to Glastonbury festival June 23 to 25 findyoulost is a social enterprise offering cycling opportunities and workshops to young adults at risk of offending behaviour. This ride is an inclusive event to prepare for a summer of inspiring rides with the aim of having a lot of fun in Glastonbury when we get there. Further info at findyoulost@hotmail.co.uk or on 07950401786 Cycle Awareness June 22 Bournemouth Seafront Information Office Go along to this event to find out more about routes, safety and cycle awareness. There will be bike hire, free safety checks of your own bike and a free cycle bells give away. More info at   info@bournemouth.gov.uk or 01202451781 Father's Day Bike Ride June 16 Coate Water café, Swindon Drag dad out of bed for a Sunday bike ride in the south-east area of Swindon. The two-hour leisurely route follows mainly cycle paths, starting from Coate Water. See Swindon Travel Choices Life Cycle Bike Recycling Day June 18 Life Cycle UK Workshop The RID Store, Horfield Prison, Bristol Do you have an unused, unwanted or unloved bicycle you don't need? If so, take it along to the Bicycle Donation Day at Horfield Prison. Life Cycle works with prisoners to teach them the skills to refurbish old bikes. Once refurbished and checked over by a qualified mechanic, they are sold at affordable prices with the aim of helping people on low incomes to start cycling. See Life Cycle UK World Naked Bike Ride Canterbury June 15, 2-6pm Victoria Memorial Recreation Ground, Rheims Way, Canterbury. The world naked bike ride is an annual event that draws attention to the absurdity of oil dependency and celebrates the potential of cycling and the human body. WNBR is an international movement, with rides taking place in more than 40 locations in the UK and around the world. Riding naked emphasises the vulnerability of cyclists on the road, at the same time as celebrating humanity in the face of mechanisation. If it seems a little crazy, think about the total madness of car culture and its inevitable results. See Canterbury wnbr Spokes AGM: Bike Ride and Picnic June 16 Town Hall, Market Place, Newbury A family bike ride from Newbury to Snelsmore Common, with a picnic/BBQ upon arrival. Bring your own food / drink. See     www.westberkshirespokes.org Gainsborough Aegir Pedalling Picnic June 16, 2-4pm Bring your picnics to Richmond Park in Gainsborough for a fun cycling event. When is it?    Start Date - 16th June 2013 / Finish Date - 16th June 2013 Start Time : 2:00PM / End Time(approx): 4:00PM See Pedalling Picnic Pedal Free June 17 to 21 Ferney Lee, Scout Rd, Castle Hill, St Chads and Barkisland Calderdale schools Calderdale CMBC Bikeabilty team are running Pedal Free - bikes without pedals cycle sessions for schools during Bike Week. The course aims to build confidence, spatial awareness and balance skills, enabling children to cycle without stabilisers and learn new skills on an obstacle course, ramps and limbo skills route. More info bikeability@caldedale.gov.uk Bike Breakfast June 18, 8.30am Balgownie West Car Park, Culross, Fife Pupils, families and staff will meet at the car park for a bike ride to school along cycle path and then enjoy a tasty breakfast before the start of the school day. See www.fifedirect.org.uk/culross Cycle Speedway taster sessions for children June 15, 10am to 4pm Redbraes Park, Redbraes Avenue, Edinburgh Children will be given expert coaching on how to ride Cycle Speedway bikes safely around the Redbraes Park cycle speedway track before having the opportunity to take part in some practice training races. There will also be demonstrations by riders from the Edinburgh Falcons Cycle Speedway Team and youth teams from Edinburgh schools. Bikes and helmets will be provided but long trousers (not too baggy), a long sleeved top and gloves are strongly recommended for riding on the blaze track. More info at   trevor.bryant@liberton.edin.sch.uk Edinburgh Festival of Cycling June 15 to 23 The first event of its kind and taking place al the way through Bike Week, you’ll discover lots of exciting events including short cycling films on a big screen in Festival Square, photography exhibitions, the Edinburgh Lochs and Castles Tour evening ride. Tell us about your top Bike Week events.
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