>> Cycle Friendly Deal Project
9am - 3pm
Saturday 19th October - St George's Garden
From 9am until 3pm on Saturday 19 October, Deal
Town Council is turning St George’s Garden of Rest into a Garden of Activity with a free Cycle Celebration.
At the heart of the Cycle Celebration are RPM Bike Display. They’re one of the UK’s leading bike trials display teams, formed from some of the most experienced demonstration riders. Over 20 years they’ve performed all manner of shows and events as well as stunt performances on Hollywood film sets. With their specially designed demonstration rigs, RPM Bike Display will put on four amazing shows across the day, guaranteed to wow the crowd.
When not watching the bike trials performances, visitors to the Cycle Celebration will have plenty of things to do.
London based Rollapaluza are bringing their unique spin on cycling entertainment to the Cycle Celebration. Visitors, be they adults or children, will be able to ride head-to-head on stationary bicycles in short, timed races, to a soundtrack of high-tempo rock & pop music. Rollapaluza’s MC will urge on the racers – and encourage the crowd to do the same – resulting in a uniquely memorable experience for all involved. All riders’ times will be logged and they’ll be handed a Rollapaluza Timecard to keep as a memento of their roller racing experience.
For those who prefer running to riding, Xtreme vortex are bringing a Bungee Run. This enormous inflatable has a 33 foot scoring zone on two running lanes giving runners the opportunity to see how far they can run on the bungee cord that’s strapped around their waist. Of course, being a bungee means you’ve got to be ready to be pulled back when the cord reaches its tension point.
We’re also inviting everyone to bring their bikes along to the Cycle Celebration to be pampered. New local cycle business, Pedaal Duwer will be on call as Dr Bike delivering bicycle health checks and sorting minor ailments. Kent Connected will also be on hand to make your bike a little more secure with their special Bike Marking kit. Meanwhile, children can “Bling Their Bike” with Little Artists Kent who will help little riders to show off their creative skills, making their rides even more colourful and fun.
Pedaal Duwer will also be bringing along some vintage bikes for visitors to try whilst Dover Transport Museum will be bringing bicycles from their collection, which you can certainly admire, but not ride!
The Cycle Celebration includes a Bike Jumble where visitors can browse stalls selling bikes, bits of bikes and accessories. In fact there will be all sorts of cycling paraphanalia, new and old, to admire and potentially purchase. There will certainly be bargains and plenty of cycle chat.
Deal Town Council and Cycle Friendly Deal will be in a large gazebo and available to answer a wide range of questions. The new Walking & Cycling Map will be on display for visitors to peruse and provide feedback. The Council will also be running a special Visitor Information Centre for the day with lots of leaflets on local attractions, accommodation and activities over the winter months.
Drivers will be able to don Cycle UK’s Virtual Reality Headset. These have been programmed with a short film which allows drivers to experience what it feels like to be close passed by a car from a rider’s perspective. It also explains how to overtake cyclists safely. Drivers taking part will be given a free Cycling UK information booklet, "Too Close For Comfort".
A number of Community Groups will be on hand at the Cycle Celebration including FairTrade Deal, Deal WithIt, Plastic Free Deal and East Kent Climate Action. For those who like a bit of dancing, Zumba with Stacey will be getting visitors jigging.
If all this activity makes visitors a bit hungry, then local family catering business, Lillyroo’s, will be serving from their eco-friendly café in a VW campervan. They’ll be serving snacks, hot meals, tea, locally roasted coffee and cold drinks.
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