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There’s a busy summer ahead for Bristol’s cycling community

The Bristol Cycling City Project has a summer of bike-related activities planned, starting with Cyclescreen, Bristol's first dedicated bike film festival.

Cyclescreen runs from Thursday 5 August to Sunday 8 August at the Watershed. It’s a season of cycling films, documentaries, lectures and interactive events celebrating cycling culture in its varied forms.

Apart from screening some of the best bike films around, there will also be a pedal-powered cinema projecting bike shorts from around the world, indoor bike racing in the café bar and informative lectures by inspiring figures from the cycling community.

A month later, Bristol’s first cycle festival kicks off – a fortnight of events for all types of bike enthusiasts. The festival runs from Saturday 11 September until Sunday 26 September, exploring, celebrating and promoting cycling across Bristol.

The festival will include bicycle-themed theatre, tours, talks, choirs, games, fashion, off-the-grid stages, bike rides and races, workshops, a carnival and more.

More than 30 groups are getting involved including cycling clubs, community and arts organisations, schools, companies and bike enthusiasts.

The festival has been organised by a coalition of Bristol groups including Shambala Festival, Team Rubber, Bristol City Council’s Neighbourhood Arts team, Sustrans, Spoke n’ Chain and Greater Bristol’s Cycling City team.

The festival is open to anyone who wants to put on an event. Application forms for grants of up to £500 are available. They can be downloaded via the festival's website.

Also on the site you'll find an event planning resource pack, a festival blog to share ideas and get inspired, and an event diary – to see what's new and when it's happening.

If you're interested in putting on an event, contact Lizzie Keates on 07729319945 or info [at] bristolcyclefestival.com for more information.

Lifelong lover of most things cycling-related, from Moulton Mini adventures in the 70s to London bike messengering in the 80s, commuting in the 90s, mountain biking in the noughties and road cycling throughout. Editor of Simpson Magazine (www.simpsonmagazine.cc).