Events will be held across Saffron Walden this summer to get more people interested and participating in cycling.

Uttlesford District Council is promoting the 'summer of cycling' - encouraging people to cycle as an affordable, environmentally sustainable means of transport.

Cycling has many additional health benefits, including reducing the risk of a number of illnesses, boosting your mood and helping you to maintain a healthy weight.

On the back of the RideLondon-Essex women's race, which starts in Saffron Walden today, followed by the mass cycling participation event in the district, the council's climate change team has several events lined up.

World Bicycle Day will be celebrated from 10am to 3pm on Thursday, June 1 in Saffron Walden's Market Square.

Residents are invited to sign up for family rides around Saffron Walden led by trained professionals, designed to increase your awareness, confidence and skills in cycling on the road. Children can also take part in free 'learn to ride' sessions.

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Anyone whose bike needs some TLC is invited to bring it along to the 'bike doctor', whether it needs just a check over or some serious attention.

You can also make a smoothie using pedal power on the free smoothie bike - which is great for both you and the planet.

On Saturday, June 10, Saffron Walden Eco Fair is taking place on Saffron Walden Common, in collaboration with the town council.


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Visitors can try e-cargo bikes from Outspoken Cycles, and talk about EV cars and how to save money and energy at home with the Energy Savings Trust.

You can also find out how to set up community energy groups and projects, and access funding, with Community Energy South.

The district council's climate change and waste and recycling teams will be on hand to offer advice and answer questions.

Free guided bike rides with professionals will be held on Sunday, July 16, designed to increase your confidence on two wheels.

Children are welcome, but they must be able to ride for two hours at a medium pace.

There are two slots available - 10am to midday, and 1pm to 3pm.

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