Winter Wheelers is underway

Following big increases in cycling during Bike Month June and Cycling September, Cycling CitizensMK is running two more competitions in December, one for businesses and one for schools, and an attempt to assemble the biggest number of Cycling Santas ever seen in MK (an unofficial attempt at the world record!) on Station Square at 5pm on Thursday 16th December. All are welcome to join.

Following free Dr Bike services from Cycle Saviours 4-5pm, the Mayor will give un update on the Winter Wheelers competition results so far (businesses and schools) and draw from a raffle (prizes donated by Trek Bikes, Rutland Cycling, John Lewis, MK Council and others).

Free Santa costumes available for 40 people who are registered with Winter Wheelers and first in line from 4.30pm.

Draft agenda

  • 4pm – Free Dr. Bike repairs and bike frame registrations
  • 5pm – MC Dave Lovesy
  • 5.05 – MK Mayor Mohammed Khan speaks about why cycling is important to Milton Keynes, then presents update on results of business and schools competitions so far
  • 5.10 – Raffle prize draw
  • 5.30 – Briefing on CMK Cycleround ride and Risk Assessment
  • 5.35 – Group photo
  • 5.40 – Short ride through CMK to Campbell Park Light Pyramid, including photo at MK Rose, and back
  • 6.15 – Return to Station Square for hot drinks and snack

For the CMK Cycleround ride, guide riders will position themselves at front, rear and outside edge of of the cycle group, maintaining a suitable speed to keep the group together. Guide riders will lead riders in groups of approximately 30, the estimated number of cycles that can pass a green traffic light, so as not to disrupt other traffic flow, and will take front position at red traffic light stops. All riders must follow the Highway Code at all times. Teachers will attend in a personal capacity and hold no responsibility for the safety of students cycling. All riders above the age of 12 are individually responsible for their safety and any injuries through unsafe cycling. The risk assessment below is intended to assist.

Ride Risk Assessment

RiskControl
Rider loses wayFollow guide riders (wearing pink bibs)
Rider collides with another cyclist or vehicleFollow Highway Code, ride slowly, stay together, parents take responsibility for child riders. If large number of riders, guide riders take up position at front of each cycle group (up to 30).
Rider slips in wet or icy conditionsExtra attentive observation and avoidance of sudden steering actions

Additional advice

  • Clothing – wear bright, warm and waterproof clothing
  • Lights – fit functioning front and bike lights
  • Weather – be aware of forecast weather conditions and beware black ice.

Covid restrictions: Latest government advice will be followed.

Registration: To take part in the competitions, register with Love To Ride.

For more information, contact Tom Bulman, cyclingmk@citizensuk.org, tel 07962 838685.

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