Following increased cycling among MK schools and businesses in 2021-22, and to celebrate the recent achievement of city status, a large group ride will set off from The Old Bus Station and cycle through CMK to Campbell Park and back. (This event follows the inaugural Bikeability Olympics competition for primary school pupils on 7th July.)
Date/time Thursday 14th July from 4pm, Celebration Ride at 6pm
Location: The Old Bus Station, 401 Elder Gate, MK9 1LR
Pre-ride training available: A two-hour Bikeability training session is available for any adult who wants to increase their cycling confidence before the 14th July ride (contact Tom or Ellie – details below).
- Cycle Stunt Contests inc Bunny Hop Contest and Wheelie Delicious Doughnut Challenge (£100 cash prize for winner, £50 for 2nd, £25 for 3rd placed) – 4-5.30pm. See promo video.
- Vintage Cycle Show – 4-5.30pm. Pre-1970 bikes only, points awarded for style, and all participants must have at least one item of tweed on their person at all times.
- Mayor’s Awards 2021-22 presented by Deputy-Mayor Cllr Mick Clegg with support from former Mayor Cllr Mohammed Khan – 5.30-6pm (see running order below)
- City Status Cycle Ride – meet outside The Old Bus Station, ride up Midsummer Boulevard, Saxon Gate and Silbury Boulevard to Light Pyramid in Campbell Park for a large group photo, and back – 6-6.30pm.
Running order for Presentation of Mayor’s Cycling Awards 2021-22 (based on participation in the four competitions – Bike Month June 2021, Cycle September 2021, Winter Wheelers 2021, Ride Anywhere March 2022)
- 5.30 – Welcome – Ian Revell, CEO, MK Community Foundation; also Celebration Breakdancer Kevin Kallon
- 5.35 – Mayor’s Awards – Cllr Mick Legg, Deputy Mayor, introduced by former Mayor Cllr Mohammed Khan
- MK’s Top 10 Large Companies (average trips per employee), with Award winners saying a few words about how their company promotes employee cycling
- ICAEW (0.89) – Elizabeth Tribe, Senior Employer Training and CPD Support Executive
- Volkswagen Financial Services (0.76) – Richard Scott, Chair of Employee Forum
- The Open University (0.48) – Nick Braithwaite, Head of Sustainability
- Volkswagen Group (0.45)
- Gemini Rail Services UK (0.45)
- Red Bull Technology (0.35)
- World Vision (0.32)
- Nissan Technical Centre Europe (0.19)
- Network Rail (0.17)
- BSI (0.16)
- MK’s Top 5 Secondary Schools (average trips per student & staff member), with Award winners saying a few words about how their school promotes student cycling
- The Radcliffe School (1.29) – Paula Lawson, Headteacher
- Watling Academy (0.51) – Ian Bacon, Headteacher
- Ousedale School (0.26) – Tim Coffey, Teacher
- Lord Grey Academy (0.22)
- Kents Hill Park School (0.10)
- Special Award to MK Head of Highways
- 5.45 – Bikeability Olympics Awards to primary school pupils
- 5.55 – Instructions for City Status Cycle Ride – Tim Layden
- 6.00 – Ride departs
Sponsors & Prizes
Prizes will include vouchers and cycle accessories from John Lewis and Trek Bikes.
Partners: Ringway Infrastructure Services are providing cones and tape to mark the area off for safety.
For more information, contact:
- Tom Bulman, Cycling CitizensMK, firstname.lastname@example.org, 07962 838685
- Ellie Williamson, MK Council, email@example.com
- Adekunle Odunewu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 07935 797242