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Cycle to work day Monday July 14

June 25, 2014

It's not often a major sporting spectacle like the Tour Series comes to Barrow.  So in a bid to help generate a legacy from the memorable evening, the North West Evening Mail is organising an event to get Furness people on their bikes.

Adults and children are being urged to pedal to work or school on July 14 as part of what the paper is calling The Big Cycle to improve health and wellbeing and increase people’s interest in the activity.

Following the success of the Walney Fun Run and the subsequent jogging bug which has gripped Furness, it is hoped that the Tour Series has helped generate a similar buzz around cycling.

James Higgins, Evening Mail deputy editor, said: “The Tour Series coming to Barrow was fantastic for the town and represented a real opportunity to get people excited about cycling and the benefits it brings. We look forward to encouraging this and our Big Cycle event planned for July 14 should help do just that.

With some of the town’s major employers already supporting the initiative, and the police and local cycle shops agreeing to play a part in it too, it promises to be a great day.

We have seen in the past what people can achieve with a little help and encouragement. A number of running groups have been established since the first Evening Mail Walney 5.1km family fun run was launched in 2011.

We would like a similar legacy to emerge from the Tour Series.”

The initiative is being supported by Cumbria County Council, the authority which brought the Tour Series to Barrow, and BAE Systems, the lead local sponsor of the Tour Series.

The Evening Mail will host a cycling repair and maintenance workshop at its car park in Abbey Road between 11am and 1pm, with the experts from cycling store Top Mark, of Greengate Street, Barrow.

Police officers will also be in attendance for a free bike security marking session.  Security marking of a bike deters potential thieves because the bike can be easily traced if it is stolen.