First North Solihull Cycle Ride attracts participants from near and far

(3rd September 2007)

Well over 60 people from North Solihull, cyclists from many areas within the south of the borough, as well as people from Birmingham and even as far as London, came together last Saturday to take part in the North Solihull 10 mile cycle ride.

Organised by the North Solihull Partnership, the event saw 235 vibrant posters put on lampposts around the route, both directing the cyclists along their way, as well as informing people of the current and future regeneration activities that are planned as part of the £1.8bn Regenerating North Solihull initiative.

Becke Ayres, from Whitefriars Housing Group - one of the four partners within the North Solihull Partnership - was part of a team of people who work on the project who gave up their time to marshal the event. Becke, who was positioned at the start point in Sheldon Country Park in Marston Green said: "The event was billed to start at 10.30am, but by 10am we had a family from Chelmsley Wood, and quite a few groups of friends gathered at the start point, eager to set off around the route.

"The atmosphere around the route in North Solihull was brilliant. Because of all of the posters that were up around the area, and the pre-publicity, the awareness of the event locally was very high. All of those who completed the route were very enthusiastic, and there were even a number of local people who weren't able to take part this time who were keen for us to run it again." 

A refreshment stand, a fun and information day event, together with a two mile course for young children to cycle along, were held at Babbs Mill Park in Kingshurst. Leaflets were also available from Cycle Solihull, which devised the North Solihull route, and Shirley-based Red Kite Cycles held a cycle surgery at the start point to check everyone's bikes and offer advice. For those who didn't have bikes of their own, Midland Cycle Hire delivered and collected bikes for a discounted rate of Â£10.



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