15 Jun 11

MPs on their bikes to kick-start Team Green Britain Bike Week 2011

Team Green Britain Bike Week, the UK’s biggest mass participation cycling event, launches on 15 June at the EDF Energy London Eye, with the first of hundreds of ‘Bike Fixes’ which will roll out around the country between 18-26 June 2011.

Spike Taylor, former Team GB chief mechanic, will kick off ‘Britain’s Biggest Bike Fix’ with Dawn Porter, Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Ed Clancy, and a number of MPs from various parties at the annual All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group bike ride. The ride will start at the EDF Energy London Eye and takes the riders on short trip around Westminster before finishing at the House of Lords.

Team Green Britain Bike Week is aiming for ‘Britain’s Biggest Bike Fix’, an ambitious attempt to mend over 10,000 bikes and liberate the multitude of unused bikes from sheds across the country - by encouraging people to dig them out, get punctures fixed, brakes adjusted and gears tuned at events around the country.

This is the second year in which Team Green Britain, founded by EDF Energy in 2009, has supported Bike Week. Team Green Britain is an online community that aims to enable people to live in a more sustainable way. Team Green Britain is now comprised of over one million members. Team Green Britain and Bike Week are again working together to inspire Britons to reduce their carbon footprint and promote low carbon transport solutions to a wider audience than ever before.

Phillip Darnton, Chairman of the Bicycle Association says: “We know that 77% of people in the UK own a bike, but only 14% use them regularly and a major barrier to people getting back on two wheels is often something as simple to fix as a dodgy brake or puncture.

“So we want anyone with a bike, who wants to get it roadworthy, to help make Team Green Britain Bike Week become ‘Britain’s Biggest Bike Fix’. We are urging new and lapsed cyclists to check out www.bikeweek.org.uk to find out details of their nearest event to re-discover how cycling helps you get fit, have fun and feel free”.

Dawn Porter, TV presenter and keen cyclist says: “Cycling is my favourite way to get around town but I never leave home without my trusty puncture repair kit and Allen key! I encourage everyone to get to a Team Green Britain Bike Week event to pick up a few useful cycle maintenance tips and take advantage of the bike fixes to help you make the most of cycling in the summer months”.

Gareth Wynn, Group Director, 2012 Programme at EDF added “As the first Sustainability Partner of London 2012, EDF Energy founded Team Green Britain to help Britons reduce their carbon footprints ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Travelling contributes significantly to most people’s carbon footprint, but cycling is a low carbon way to get around, plus it can be enjoyable and help you get fit at the same time. We’re hoping that Team Green Britain Bike Week will help people get back on their bikes, helping them reduce the carbon footprint of their travel in the long term”.

Team Green Britain Bike Week runs from 18-26 June 2011 and is for everyone from total novices to passionate cyclists. The opportunity to get your bike fixed is just one of the attractions of the events – to find details of your nearest event visit www.bikeweek.org.uk.

In 2011 Team Green Britain Bike Week is funded by EDF Energy and the cycling industry via Bike Hub. For more information about Team Green Britain, and advice and ideas to help you save energy and money, visit www.teamgreenbritain.org.