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Pedal along today
Tuesday 4th August 2015 @ 09:57 by Max Wieland
Ashton Community News


People in Tameside are being invited to discover the benefits of cycling at a roadshow which calls into Ashton town centre today (Tuesday).
Bike experts will be on hand at Ashton Market from 11am-2pm to explain how easy it is to get out and about on a saddle and there will be free gifts and the opportunity for visitors to take a ‘selfie’ of themselves on a bicycle to win prizes.
The event is part of Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM’s) new Life On 2 Wheels campaign, which urges people to jump on their bikes this summer and give cycling a try, whether it’s to save money, get from A to B, or stay healthy.
Six people who cycle for a variety of reasons have been chosen as Life on 2 Wheels ambassadors, their faces appearing on posters across Greater Manchester.
Councillor Chris Paul, Cycling Champion on the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “We hope the campaign will show that cycling is for all types of people, and for all types of reasons.
“With significant investment in cycling in Greater Manchester, there has never been a better time to think about cycling.”
The campaign is part of the Cycle City programme, funded by the Department for Transport, and features a wide range of initiatives and projects to get people out and about on two wheels. This includes running free adult cycling training sessions; building new cycle hubs offering secure bike parking spaces and developing a major network of cycleways to make travelling around the region by bike easier, safer and more convenient.
More than 5,000 adults have received cycle training so far, with TfGM currently working with over 400 workplaces, covering 260,000 employees, and 11 partner schools. More than 1,000 additional secure cycle spaces have been provided at workplaces and cycle hubs, with the first phase of Cycle City routes being delivered over the next few months.
To find out more about the Life on 2 Wheels campaign and cycling in general, go and follow the campaign on Twitter with the hashtag #LifeOn2Wheels.