Yesterday afternoon, I was delighted to be able to attend the first Sustainable Travel Event at Northfield View in Stowmarket.
Northfield View is a relatively new housing development in Suffolk being built by Taylor Wimpey. With phase 2 now fully completed and phase 3 still in the works, one of the major features of the development is the incorporation of sustainable travel into the estate design.
I attended as part of Suffolk Roadsafe with Way To Go Suffolk and our new representative from We Are Cycling UK, promoting the availability of our FREE Family and 1-to-1 Adult Cycling Sessions and more general cycling advice to local residents.
Suffolk Police were on hand to carry out security marking on cycles while Outspoken Cycles were kept very busy performing cycle maintenance checks and making repairs to those that needed it.
Cannon Consulting Engineers had current sustainable travel routes on display, as well as the in depth plans for Phase 3 of the development which brings together all of the hard work they’ve done so far.
This was an excellent opportunity to promote all things sustainable and it was great to be part of such a positive event.
I attended the day with one of my colleagues on behalf of Suffolk Roadsafe to have a chat or provide advice on Family Cycling and other related subjects. We were also available to provide some additional assistance for the Led Ride into Bury St. Edmunds Town Centre towards the end of the day.
As well as The Way To Go Suffolk, We Are Cycling UK and Suffolk Roadsafe, there were a number of other teams, agencies and companies available at the event.
Bury St. Edmunds Rickshaw were present, along with their new EcoCarriers service, offering free rides on their awesome rickshaw cycles, while Bury St. Edmunds Police were doing free postcode marking to help prevent cycle theft and make it easier to get bikes returned to their rightful owners should the worst happen.
Outspoken Training were providing mechanical checks and services and had their bicycle powered scalextric so that we could have a fun (if slightly unusual) race with each other.
There was also a fantastic range of e-bikes available to try from local companies Eezybike and Spoke and Motor, which a great many of us took the opportunity to have a go on around the event area.
After we’d all had our fill of checking out some of the awesome e-bikes, cycles and activities on offer, it was time for our Led Ride into Bury St. Edmunds town centre to have a very enjoyable cup of tea and a scone.
We Are Cycling UK‘s Suffolk Representative, Nik did a fantastic job in making use of the local cycling infrastructure to lead the ride with the two of us from Suffolk Roadsafe providing some additional assistance to keep us all together and raise visibility to other road users where needed.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in making the day so enjoyable and I hope to see some of you at future events like this!