Event this Tuesday at Cambridge Science Park aims to encourage switch to two wheels

Commuters who work in and around the Cambridge Science Park area are being invited to come along to the Travel Plan Plus Bicycle User Group at the Royal Society of Chemistry this Tuesday to give cycling a try.

The event, which takes place from 11am to 2.30pm, will include a variety of bicycles that new and novice riders can have a go on, including folders, hybrids and road machines. Experts will also be available to give advice and answer any cycling-related questions.

Gary Armstrong, Coordinator for Travel Plan Plus, an EU-funded project that seeks to build a workplace travel network in the Cambridge Science Park, says: “If you are thinking about either cycling to work or for leisure, this event will help you decide which bike fits you best.”

He adds: “There will be many bikes available, free for anyone to try out. It would be great to see a mass of people trying out different types of bikes, discovering that cycling is really a realistic option for commuting to work.”

There will also be a prize draw to win a Travel Plan Plus Altura High Visibility Jacket, donated by Taylor Vinters Solicitors, while Vanessa Kelly, co-ordinator of the Cambridge Cycle Challenge Coordinator, will be helping people register for the challenge as well as providing free muffins.

The event is open to anyone who works in the Travel Plan Plus area, which encompasses Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge Business Park, St John's Innovation Park , Cambridge Regional College and Taylor Vinters Solicitors, and those wishing to attend are asked to contact Travel Plan Plus Commuter Centre in the Cambridge Science Park Innovation Centre on 01223 427052 or email gary.armstrong [at] cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.