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Bike Week kicks off this weekend

Written by . Published on June 20th 2011.

COUCH potatoes across Leeds are being challenged to get back in the saddle as part of the UK’s biggest ever bike fix promotion.

Bike shops and Dr Bike services across Leeds are marking the start of Bike Week - which began on Saturday June 18 - by helping to fix cycles across the city.

“I would encourage people of all ages to try the bike again for some healthy exercise and for getting around, as well as for the sheer fun of it.”

All you have to do is dig out your unused bike, from the shed or garage, and take it down to one the participating stores for a free Dr Bike safety check up and basic adjustment, plus a special Bike Week discount on any parts needed to get it back on the road.

Once you’re back on the road it’s time to join one of the Bike Week rides in the city which can be found at www.bikeweek.org.uk and search for Leeds to find your nearest ride.

Bike riders will be converging on a special ‘Cyclists Breakfast’ at the City Station’s Cycle Point and White Rose Bar on June 24th, which will be open to all members of the public who rides into the city centre that morning.

Everyone who attends the Breakfast will be able to register for a free Esporta Leeds VIP day in ‘The Light’.

“With new cycle routes being opened across city all the time and excellent facilities like the Cycle Point in the centre of Leeds, it’s a great time to rediscover the benefits of travel on two wheels,” says Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Keith Wakefield.

“I would encourage people of all ages to try the bike again for some healthy exercise and for getting around, as well as for the sheer fun of it.”

The bike shops offering help with fixing up your bike are Dave Rayner Cycles in Rawdon and Garforth, Dirt Wheels in Otley, The Bike Shop in Crossgates, Woodrup Cycles in Burley, Edinburgh Cycles in Chapel Allerton, Evan’s Cycles Cycle Point and ‘The Bike Doctor’ working out of Horsforth. site.

See www.leeds.gov.uk/bikeweek for the details of  Leeds Bike Week events.

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