All abilities and women-only cycling - July 2019

Access for all: Special cycle days at the Thames Chase Forest Centre this July

July signals the start of Le Grand Tour, and two special cycle days in the Community Forest

With the weather picking up this summer, and people feeling inspired to get on two wheels and enjoy the woodlands and countryside across the region, the Thames Chase Trust is playing host to two special cycling events in July.

As part of the Mayor of London’s National Park City Festival 2019, the two cycle days are designed for people of all abilities (Tuesday 23 July) and for women only (Thursday 25 July).

Both are free to attend.

The specially-adapted bikes are suitable for people of all abilities

The aim is to highlight the accessibility of cycling at the Broadfields site, including the cycle hire facilities, as well as encouraging people to be more confident about experiencing the outdoors while on a saddle, as well as on foot.

Mary Wright, Acting Chair of Trustees at the Thames Chase Trust, said:

“We’re excited to be hosting these two cycling events as part of the National Park City Festival 2019.

Improving access to the countryside and Community Forest is one of our core objectives at the Trust, and by working with partners such as Positive Parents, Trailnet, Cycle Confident and the Havering Bikewise Hub, we hope to inspire people to enjoy the outdoors in whatever way they can.

“Last year we installed an adapted bathroom at the Forest Centre, for a more comfortable visitor experience, and across the Forest we are committed to improving access to the outdoors.”

Qualified instructors will be on hand to give advice about cycling on both days, with bikes suitable for people of all abilities and confidence levels available too.

Since the London 2012 Olympics, cycling provisions across the capital have greatly improved, and more people are taking to two wheels to get around, either for leisure or as part of their commute. However, confidence of getting started is often a stumbling block, and these events are designed to help address that concern.

Getting cycle-confident before the summer holidays can be a great way to diversify the activities you plan with the family during the break

Mary Wright continued:

“Thousands of people cycle across the Broadfields site and elsewhere in the Community Forest every year. Thanks to our cycle hire facilities and instructors, who are available during the summer period, we want to encourage even more people to get started, get confident and get pedalling.”

Both events run from 10:30-14:30 at the Thames Chase Forest Centre, Broadfields, Pike Lane, Upminster. The all abilities day is followed by a picnic lunch, while the women-only event is followed by tea and cake.

You can register in advance by calling: 01708 642970, or emailing us directly.

BioBlitz at Broadfields - Sunday 21 July

Elsewhere as part of the National Park City Festival, the Thames Chase BioBlitz returns to Broadfields. 98 species were identified by citizen scientists in 2018, and with the help of the public once again we are hoping to get into three figures.

Find out more about this event, run in partnership with Land of the Fanns.

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