Ealing Bike Week Highlights and how to get involved

A display of inspirational BMX bike stunts took place at St Gregory’s Primary School, Ealing as part of a series of events to celebrate National Bike Week (15-23 June).

Ealing Council’s cabinet member for environment and transport, Bassam Mahfouz joined pupils at the school on Woodfield Road on Wednesday 19 June, as they enjoyed a day of biking activities, including games and skills training. The school was one of 20 in the borough to welcome the BMX professionals who include messages about cycle safety in their performances.

Councillor Mahfouz took the opportunity to congratulate pupils and staff at the school where over 90 per cent of children have completed cycle training. He also encouraged everyone to take part in the highlight of Ealing’s Bike Week celebrations, the Ticket to Ride event on Sunday, 23 June.

More than 100 cyclists have already signed up to take part in a Ticket to Ride – a series of free guided rides open to all levels, including less confident riders and families. Ride marshals will lead groups on an 11 mile route along roads, the canal towpath and through parks, taking in the borough’s sights while building cyclists’ confidence.

Guided rides will leave Gunnersbury Park and the bandstand at Churchfields Recreation Ground (next to Brent Lodge Park) on the hour from 10am until 4pm. Each ride is expected to take two to three hours to complete with breaks along the way. Cyclists can choose to ride only part of the route if they prefer.

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz joins cycle-trained pupils at St. Gregory's school during Bike Week
Cllr Bassam Mahfouz joins cycle-trained pupils at St. Gregory’s school during Bike Week

Keen cyclist, councillor Mahfouz said: “St Gregory’s is a great example of what can be achieved by encouraging people to cycle more. Weekly cycling days are held for pupils to get their bikes fixed, buy new cycling equipment or simply enjoy riding their bikes.

“Ealing is leading the way in making it easier and safer for people to cycle and Ticket to Ride looks set to be a great day out, as well as a way to boost cyclists’ confidence by showing them how to feel safer when they’re on the road.”

A bike themed street party was also held on Wednesday, 19 June on Longfield Avenue, Ealing. The road beside the Town Hall, has recently undergone a series of improvements including repaving. Visitors to the event had the chance to get their bikes checked for roadworthiness by Dr Bike, learn about cycling activities in the borough, sign up for the council’s Brompton Dock cycle hire scheme and even make smoothies using pedal power.

Free Dr Bike cycle maintenance checks are also taking place throughout National Bike Week. Cyclists can have their bikes checked to see if they are roadworthy and get expert advice. Remaining sessions for the week include:

Thursday, 20 June:  Acton Market, 4-7pm

Friday, 21 June:  West Ealing (Melbourne Avenue), 4-7pm

Saturday, 22 June: Southall Park 2-5pm

Cyclists wishing to take part in Ticket to Ride are advised to contact Jean Mowbray at jean@cycletraining.co.uk or call 020 7232 4387 or turn up on the day.