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Published Wednesday, 04 June 2014

Rivalling the ‘Tour de France’, over 2,000 children aged from 8 to 11 have been taking part in the ‘Tour de Enfield’, a borough wide cycling festival organised by Enfield Council.

It started in early May and continues during June and July in eight local parks hosting a variety of activities including cycling, scooting, skateboard slaloms, road safety, balancing and tricks for up to 250 children at each venue.

Ahead of the arrival of the ‘Tour de France’ in Leeds on 5 July, Enfield children will be at Enfield Town Park on 20 June for a special cycling celebration.

Cllr Chris Bond, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said, “This series of events is successful in so many ways. Children are getting great exercise, learning to cycle and understanding road safety.

“In March Enfield Council was awarded up to £30 million from the Mayor of London for a Mini-Holland project to improve Enfield’s cycling network and town centres for residents and to get more people on their bikes.

“For Enfield this is the ‘Age of the Bike’, and the ‘Tour de Enfield’ is a big part of it as new generations gain the confidence and skill to cycle on safer routes that we shall create in our borough and to enjoy our open spaces.”

PE learning consultant, Paula Felgate, added, “Riding a bike; understanding bike maintenance and enjoying BMX demonstrations are just a small part of the ‘Tour de Enfield’.

“Bicycle experts Cycle Experience have provided 100 bikes with styles and features that children can try out and their qualified bike staff will be on hand to set up events at each park.

“Our own trained young sports leaders from secondary schools and local volunteers are wearing yellow t-shirts and helping to supervise events.

“An exciting running relay on a course designed as a bike wheel rounds off each ‘Tour de Enfield’ day and all children will be given their own specially designed ‘Tour de Enfield’ water bottles as a memento of the occasion.”


In groups of 10 – 15, children will be taking part in the following activities:
balanceability; try-a-bike; cycle a smoothie ride a local loop; BMX display; scooter slalom; cycle slow race; road safety education and school travel plan fun games.

London Youth Rowing is running taster sessions on indoor rowing machines since the rowing machines originated from an old bike.

Le Tour de France
• The 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart starts in Leeds on 5 July and runs to Harrogate (Day 1 will be 190kms).

• On the second day, 6 July, the race will be 200kms and moves from York to Sheffield.

• On the final day in the UK, 7 July, the tour moves south and races from Cambridge, via Essex (Epping) to Central London.

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