Ealing goes Cycle crazy as first £150,000 “Mini-Holland” money comes through

Ealing Council hosted free guided bike rides throughout Sunday, 29 June giving more than 300 cyclists of all ages and experience, the opportunity to join the 11 mile ride through the borough.
Led by experienced marshals, the Ticket to Ride event started at Gunnersbury Park and Brent Lodge Park in Hanwell. The route took cyclists along roads, the canal towpath and through parks. Bicycles were checked for roadworthiness before they set off.

Ealing Council leader Julian Bell and cabinet member for environment and transport, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz were among the participants.

Councillor Mahfouz, said: “It was tremendous to see so many people out enjoying the sunshine and so many hidden treasures that cycling through the borough has to offer. Our programme to make more of the borough open for relaxing, safe cycling such as our investment in towpaths and ‘quietways’ along back streets is complemented by the excellent news that the Greater London Authority has released the first £150,000 of our £15 million Mini Holland allocation. This funding will be used to transform cycling provision in Ealing.”

Councillor Bell said: “I am happy that so many people took part in our second ever Ticket to Ride. Families, beginners and experienced riders had the opportunity to ride together and take in Ealing’s extraordinary sights. This is an enjoyable event for all. I would encourage anyone thinking about cycling to give it a go and make it part of a healthy life style choice.”

For information on cycle training provided by Ealing Council, free bike health checks and our affordable cycle security scheme visit www.ealing.gov.uk/cycling