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Southport Reporter    Edition published on:- 09 August 2002


The Presentation Of TravelWise's Health Challenge Award aimed at Liverpool residents who are being encouraged to abandon their cars and start peddling on August 15th. The Sefton Park bike ride starts by taking a route along Otterspool Promenade.

The ride takes participants, of any age, fitness or background through Sefton Park, past the beautiful new Palm House before a short break in the park cafe.

This TravelWise ride is particularly special as it includes the presentation of a Health Challenge Award to the TravelWise, 1st Bike Time scheme. The scheme won a runner up prize in an annual comp-atitiant that acknowledge~ 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 recognises the way in which the TravelWise rides not only encourage fitness and well being, but also promote community spirit.

The TravelWise ride is being organised by the Merseyside Cycling Campaign, in conjunction with Healthstart, to promote cycling throughout Merseyside. It demonstrates the benefits of cycling over less environmentally friendly forms of transport.

The TravelWise routes are specially designed for cyclists 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 Rout (Leeds - Liverpool Canal) Sun, September 1st 15th,  Loop Line (Halewood) Sun, September 15.

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