Lambeth celebrates cycling with the Brixton Cycling Fair

Friday 12th September saw Lambeth welcome the Brixton Cycling Fair. Taking place alongside the London Cycling Show in Windrush Square, the event organised by London Cycling Campaign brought together the biggest names in cycling from the capital to promote riding and help people who want to get on their bikes, as well as activities for those already on two wheels in the city. There were some fantastic things on offer at the event, from bike cleaning and tune-ups to security making and ‘Changing Places’, which gives cyclists the opportunity to experience first-hand what HGV drivers can see by hopping in the cab themselves. A pedal-powered soundsystem provided a great soundtrack to a sunny day and hungry cyclists re-fuelled with the help of our bike food traders, who transformed the way we think about ‘meals on wheels serving up mouth-watering grub.

For new cyclists, there were experienced riders on hand to help with route planning and commuting advice and offered tips on riding in London. The bike try-out zone literally got people in the saddle and gave less confident people the opportunity to ride in a traffic- free area and remind them how fun it is to freewheel. There was an array of different bicycles on offer; commuter bikes, step-through up-right bikes, a shopper bike, a Donky bike, a single speed, some amazing cargo bikes from London Green Cycles, the second-ever Boris bike (!), a handcycle, a side-by-side bike and even a trike which can carry a wheelchair. The try-out area was extremely popular with everyone from children, either on their own or with parents, to disabled people, who thanks to Wheels for Wellbeing had the chance to try bikes that they might not have knew existed.

Space for Cycling was certainly not an issue at the Brixton Cycling Fair, with bike parking provided by award-winning architects and designers, Cyclehoop, who were also celebrating the installation of the 100th Bike Hangar in the borough. I Bike London also came along to promote their regular mass rides to those wanting to meet like-minded cyclists and get involved with group social cycling.

Other highlights included legendary local bike shop, Brixton Cycles’ workshops that taught people some tricks of the trade and maintenance tips and an exciting demonstration from Hövding; a new ground-breaking invention that acts like an airbag for cyclists and looks like no ordinary bike helmet.

Lambeth proved itself to be one of city’s most cycle-friendly boroughs and we hope that this will be the first of many fairs to help show other Londoners why two wheels really are better! Thanks to everyone involved and those who came down making a fantastic celebration of all things cycling.