The Cambridge Festival of Cycling returns!

Camcycle at the 2018 Cargo CarnivalThe Cambridge Festival of Cycling is back for a second time this September, bigger and better than ever. The festival aims to celebrate the amazing cycling culture we have here in Cambridge and encourage more people of all ages and abilities to get pedalling. 

Camcycle, the Cambridge Cycling Campaign, have been working hard, alongside many partner organisations, to promote and organise over twenty cycling-themed events, whoever you are and whatever your interests, there is an event for you. The festival will be opened on Sunday 1 September with a family-friendly ride to Milton Country Park and picnic on the grounds. Throughout the month there will be multiple social rides, bike maintenance and photography workshops, a film night showing cargo bike documentary MotherLoad, a performance of Much Ado About Nothing by the HandleBards and of course the flagship event, the Cargo Carnival

Camcycle is also excited to announce a brand new event this year, CamcycleTech, which will explore the science and technology of cycling. Camcycle has partnered with the Cambridge Museum of Technology and the Cavendish Laboratory to create an event for people of all ages. You will be able to cycle race against your friends in virtual reality, learn how cycle gears work and get up close to record-breaking cycles. 

The Cargo Carnival will also return on 21 September with the Cargo Bike parade, cargo bike and family cycle tryouts and a fair with traders who use cargo bikes as a core part of their businesses selling food, drink and services. Cambridgeshire County Council Cycling Projects Team are supporting the carnival via CityChangerCargoBike, an EU Horizon 2020 Cycle Logistics project. Cycle tryouts will be provided by local companies Outspoken Cycles, Dutch Bikes and Electric Bike Sales. 

Cambridge Festival of Cycling posterMost of the festival events are free or have a minimal charge to cover costs and help raise funds for Camcycle. Find out more about the events on the Festival website: www.cambridgefestivalofcycling.org/ 

The winners of CamcycleQuest, a cycling treasure hunt hosted by Camcycle in association with Tees Law, will be announced at the Cargo Carnival. This treasure hunt is a great family activity and a chance to see hidden bits of Cambridge. There is still time to complete the Quest and enter the competition and get your hands on one of the amazing prizes, including a £900 cargo bike e-conversion from Electric Bike Sales. 

Cambridge remains the cycling capital of the UK with 57.5% of adults cycling at least once per week in comparison to the English average of 6.1%, according to the latest Department of Transport Walking and Cycling Statistics. But there is still more work to be done for more, better and safer cycling for all ages and abilities in and around Cambridge. Roxanne De Beaux, Executive Director of Camcycle, said “We’re so excited for the second Cambridge Festival of Cycling. Just like last year, we expect this Festival to encourage more people to start cycling, to try new cycling routes and perhaps try out a new cargo bike. This year #CamcycleFest will be bigger and better and we hope to see lots of new faces at our events, – everyone is welcome! I would also like to thank our sponsors Cambridge City Council, Cambridge Independent, CityChanger CargoBike and Tees Law and to our many volunteers who have made this year’s Festival possible.” 

We also invite volunteers to get involved by helping at our events, if you are interested in volunteering please email contact@camcycle.org.uk