Bike Train alternative to the car during forthcoming road closures?
There are Bike Trains running from Monday 17th to Friday 21s July to help people avoid the likely disruption during the first few weeks of the Killingworth Road closure.
Essentially it is a group ride on quiet roads and traffic-free paths starting in Fenham going to the Freeman Hospital / Benton Park View / Quorum depending on who is interested. It would be ideal for staff travelling from near Fenham and Gosforth who want to try cycling but maybe aren't so confident on the road or aren't sure of what routes to take.
Bike4Health (http://www.bike4health.org) will be leading the ride so no one gets lost. They are a community interest company developed to enable local communities, businesses and children to incorporate cycling into their lives. They have found a source of funding so this week would be free for anyone wishing to try it out.
There's information about a previous 'train' here if you want to know what it's like:http://spaceforgosforth.com/choo-choo-the-bike-train/ and a promotional film on the Bike4Health website: http://www.bike4health.org
To book please follow the links below for the day or days you want or copy and paste into your browser.
To show that even he could do it, Cllr Robin Ashby took part in a demo Bike Train from Fenham/Wingrove Bike Garden to Quorum Business Park yesterday, which included a 7 year old. 6500 people go there, many travel by car and will be affected by the forthcoming Killingworth Road closure. It took only 35 minutes as an Easy Rider, so workers who drive there might like to consider cycling as an alternative. Here's the route and stats, and happy snaps too (it passed through his Parklands Ward) https://www.strava.com/activities/1073713708