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Southwark offers free cycle training for Bike Week

Sixty lucky Southwark residents can win free cycle training by entering a Council competition as part of National Bike Week, which runs until 22 June.

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Councillor James Gurling receives cycle training from Emily McElroy (Cycle Training UK Ltd), overlooked by Councillor Richard Thomas, Southwark Council's lead member for transport, in Holland Street, next to Tate Modern (Photo: Robin Bell)

Richard Thomas, executive member for environment and transport and councillor for SE1's Chaucer Ward, has announced the competition in a bid to get more adults in the borough tuned into cycling. The council has also produced a special cycle information pack containing manuals, factsheets, cycle maps and newsletters to encourage Southwark to get on its bike.

Cllr Thomas said: "Cycling is a great way to keep fit and it's the quickest way to get round London. Bike Week provides the perfect opportunity for people to give cycling a go and our competition will allow 60 people the chance to do just that."

Southwark Council is currently working to secure funds to provide free training sessions all year round – already available to Lambeth residents – and hopes to announce details in the new year.

The two hour training sessions will be provided by Cycle Training and can be geared towards both adults who have never cycled before and want to learn and occasional cyclists who want to gain more confidence cycling in the city.

To enter the competition contact Southwark's Cycling Officer Sharleen Hannon on 020 7525 5459 or email sharleen.hannon@southwark.gov.uk">sharleen.hannon@southwark.gov.uk and ask for an information pack. Everyone who requests a pack will automatically be entered into the competition.

Bike Week is the UK's only annual nationwide campaign to increase participation in organised cycling, to encourage one-time cyclists to return to the road, and to promote nationally the wider social and environmental benefits of more people cycling to work.

For details of Bike Week events in the SE1 area visit the Southwark Cyclists and Lambeth Cyclists websites. These are the local branches of the capital-wide London Cycling Campaign which has its base in Great Guildford Street.

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