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16 August 2002

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Cycling in the Rain?
The Sefton Park Travelwise bike ride took place on August 18th and proved a great success despite the occasional downpour.
Several members of Liverpool’s Healthstart took par and Cristina Doughty from the company said:- “When we arrived at King’s Dock we were relieved and pleasantly surprised that the weather had begun to clear, and the group of cyclists didn’t resemble the participants of the Tour de France!  We all loved the ride and found the route enjoyable.  In fact we enjoyed ourselves so much that there is talk of us attending the next ride!”
This Travelwise ride was particularly special as it included the presentation of a Health Challenge Award to the Travelwise, “It’s Bike Time” scheme.  The scheme won a runner up prize in an annual competition that acknowledges and rewards the work of schools, businesses and alliances, working to improve the health of people in the region.  The award is funded through contributions by health authorities in the North West, and recognizes the way in which the Travelwise rides not only encourage fitness and well being, but also promote community spirit.
The travelwise rides are organized by Merseyside Cycling Campaign, in conjunction with Healthstart, to promote cycling throughout Merseyside.  They demonstrate the benefits of cycling over less environmentally friendly forms of transport.
The Travelwise routes are specially designed for cyclist of all standards and all abilities.  By participating in the rides, cyclists are able to build up their confidence and skills, which will encourage them to use their bikes as a regular mode of transport.  The rides start at 2pm and last between 2-3 hours at an easy pace.
On each route there is a designated refreshment break.  
It is recommended that all riders wear a helmet and an adult must accompany under 14’s  (we suggest that all children under seven years of age use a child seat or trailer).  Families, friends and individuals are all welcome on the rides.
Other events in the Travelwise Series:-
Canal Route     (Leeds – Liverpool Canal)              Sun, September 1st
Loop Line        (Halewood)                                 Sun, September 15th

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