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Street Parties promoting cycling

27/08/2010 11:18:01

Streets Alive is helps 12 street parties in Bristol to promote cycling.

Bristol is the leading National Demonstration City and Streets Alive joined in by supporting 12 street parties to which the Council's cycling advisers attend.

Residents had the chance to have a go on a bike, chat about their worries about cycling, get tips on routes to work etc. as well as cycle maintenance.

Afterwards all houses in the streets are were visited for face to face conversations about cycling in the city. This was all made possible

The project showed that street parties are a good way of engaging residents in the relaxing atmosphere of their traffic-free street right on their doorsteps.

The main results were that in 12 street parties 387 residents (60of % households) were engaged and 71% were non- or occasional cyclists. Activities offered included Dr Bike repairs, bike checks, cycling information, fun races and follow-up training.

The project built on Streets Alive's experience of showing how street parties can be a very effective way of engaging residents on greener travel options.

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