Family cycling festival planned for Solihull ahead of Velo race - The Solihull Observer

Family cycling festival planned for Solihull ahead of Velo race

Solihull Editorial 13th Mar, 2020 Updated: 16th Mar, 2020   0

TUDOR Grange Park could host a family cycling festival if Solihull Council’s cabinet member for sport supports plans.

Coun Joe Tildesley has received proposals from Solihull’s public health team to host the family cycle day.

The hope to see it coincide with the Velo cycle tour on June 21 which will see thousands of cyclists pedal across the West Midlands.

The event, which has been criticised for widespread road closures, will again take riders on a route through Solihull, Coventry, Warwickshire and Birmingham.

Head of public health Nick Garnett, said: “The park activity is to consist of a ‘Solihull on the move community family cycle event’ on Saturday June 20, the day before the Velo in the Park, with an aim to attract between 100-150 participants.

“It will include first aid, refreshments, portable toilets, gazebos, promotions and giveaways, PA, learn to ride, bike maintenance, disability cycling (subject to wheels for all’s involvement) and a small number of information stalls.”

The event is expected to cost the borough £5000.

Mr Garnett added : “A local cycling offer associated with the Velo is being shaped to include a display of local cycling heritage artefacts and a pilot participation event based at the cycle circuit in Tudor Grange Park.

“Solihull has a rich cycling heritage, the Velo creates an opportunity to raise awareness of and celebrate this.”

Coun Tildesley is set to decide if the festival should go ahead at a meeting on March 18.

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