The second of five Go Smarter Centres across Tyne and Wear launched at Bill Quay Farm, Gateshead, on Monday 16 February 2015.
Go Smarter’s ‘The Bike Farm’, delivered by Sustrans on behalf of and funded by Go Smarter, aims to help you choose active, greener and healthier ways of travelling.
Go Smarter is the Tyne and Wear sustainable travel programme, which encourages adults and children to cycle, walk, use public transport and car share on their journeys to school and work.
Children from surrounding schools donned animal onesies to ride to the launch event held at the farm, where those attending enjoyed a virtual bike race, treasure hunts and craft activities, while also benefitting from travel advice, a used bike sale and free Dr Bike cycle maintenance.
The Bike Farm will provide a fantastic new community hub for activities aimed at encouraging people to cycle and walk for more of their everyday journeys.
The Go Smarter Centre was formally opened by Gateshead Council cycling champion, Cllr Haley and Go Smarter, who cut the ribbon helped by Sustrans’ Smarter Choices Manager Neil Mitchell.
Cllr Haley said: “The event was great fun and the children had a brilliant time. Cycling is a fun and healthy way to get around, but it isn’t just for special occasions like this. It can be a real alternative to the car or bus for most people most of the time.
“The Bike Garden will offer people living in and around Bill Quay somewhere to come where they can try out cycling and get help and advice on cycling matters. I hope it will help more people choose pedal power over other forms of transport in their day to day lives.”
The launch celebrations continue throughout the half-term holiday week with a series of sessions each day from 1.00pm until 3.00pm including Tues - learn to ride / stabiliser free, Wed - bling your scooter farmyard style, Thurs - family bike ride to Cycle Hub and Fri - nature walk around the farm.
Sustrans’ Neil Mitchell added: “We’re excited to be launching this vibrant, dynamic project, promoting the benefits of cycling and walking at a venue which is clearly enjoyed by the whole community.
“I encourage anyone living nearby to come along and get involved with the events we have planned here for the rest of the week. We’ll also be running a full programme of fun, social activities as the centre develops to encourage local people to get out and about and be more active. There will also be lots of opportunities for people to help out on a volunteer basis, learning new skills as they support the project."
Planned sessions based at the Bike Farm include cycle skills training, bike maintenance, led rides and walks, all supported by Sustrans staff.
For further information on The Bike Farm, contact Sustrans North East on 0191 261 6160, email SustransNE@sustrans.org.uk