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Friday, 12 October 2012

Bike North heads to Newcastle for Bikefest

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(left-right: AustCycle Accredited Teachers Ali Wong, Debbie Edwards and Graeme Edwards)

Bikefest was held in Newcastle last weekend and AustCycle Provider Bike North was there to help people hone their cycling skills.

The two-day bike festival was a huge success for the city and saw 20,000 people passing through, which has resulted in calls for it to be made an annual event.

Bike North Coaching Coordinator Alison Pryor said the AustCycle area had a steady stream of people coming to learn to ride or practice their current skills.

“We were in a family friendly cycle space in front of the Newcastle Museum at Honeysuckle, where children and parents could improve their riding skills,” she said. “A safe commuting program was also run for adults wanting to improve their on-road skills”.

“It is hoped Bikefest can become an annual event in Newcastle,” she added. “And, the Newcastle Bicycle User Group hopes members or other locals will be trained as AustCycle Teachers in the near future”.

The event was not-for-profit and aimed to promote cycling for fun, health and sustainable transport reasons.

The main activity over the weekend was the Mick Chapman Memorial Criterium, but there was also bike polo, cycling chic, guided community bike rides, family cycling courses and much more. It was held in the urban regeneration area of Honeysuckle Wharf.

Coordinator of Bikefest Bernard Hocking said the event exceeded any expectations they had.

“It’s really put us in a good position to make this annual, it was a lot bigger than expected,” he said. “There was just a constant stream of people”.

Bike North is one of AustCycle’s Sydney Providers and they offer community cycling courses to beginners, run on-road skills courses and also conduct social rides. To get in touch with them contact Alison on 0420 512 214 or visit their website here.

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