Blackheath Bike Week extravaganza

Black Heath Bike and Kite 09

Bike and Kite festival to celebrate the start of Bike Week 2009

The Blackheath Kite and Bike Festival took place in South East London on a sunny weekend marking the start of Bike Week on 13th and 14th of June.

The heath was awash with bikes, and, you guessed it, kites. There were also plenty of other activities, stalls and rides, to keep all attendees entertained and suit everybody's tastes.

London Cycling Campaign had a stall at the event to provide people with cycle maps, advice and information and the Greenwich and Lewisham Cycling Campaigns joined forces to offer guided rides on quiet, cycle friendly routes to various destinations.

Cycling around Greenwich Park, the Thames path, and towards Surrey Docks

With the help of several marshals the local LCC groups assisted novice and nervous riders to discover new cycling routes taking in Greenwich Park, the Thames Path and other off-road environments to arrive at the Surrey Docks City Farm, the O2 centre and the 2012 Olympic Site.

Rosie Tharp, Community Cycling Officer joined the Sunday ride to the farm and was really impressed with the route:

“It was a great afternoon ride with a good mix of people of varying cycling abilities. The Thames Path is a fantastic place to cycle particularly if you are a little nervous. We had one couple who came along on their shiny new folding bikes and had hardly ever cycled in London before. They had a great time and we hope that it will encourage them to keep it up.”

Exploring the Bike and Kite festival

After a nice coffee at the farm café the group managed to make it back up the hill in Greenwich park where they discovered some of the other delights the festival had to offer including International Kite Fighting displays, a Mountain bike stunt team, cycling activities for young people including slaloms, slow races and limbos.

Cyclists in vintage bikes dating from the 1800s with riders in period dress, and tutorial sessions and hints and tricks on how to make kite flying easier, a ‘try before you buy’ range of bikes with Get Cycling, and a free Dr Bike service.

We hope that next year’s event is even bigger and better and more local and not so local community groups make the trip to Blackheath to enjoy the fun!