Cyclists everywhere as ‘bikefest’ is held for Berkhamsted folk

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A ‘bikefest’ was held for the people of Berkhamsted to encourage them to ride instead of drive on a more regular basis.

It was a good excuse for many to dig out their bikes and take them to the town’s Canal Fields car park to rediscover long-forgotten cycling skills.

Bikefest Berkhamsted 2013.

Bikefest Berkhamsted 2013.

The event was staged yesterday afternoon by Transition Town Berkhamsted, which promotes the use of sustainable and environmentally friendly transport.

Leader John Bell said: “Bikefest had quite a relaxed atmosphere, with a good turnout and lots of kids learning how to ride.”

Stunt cyclists showed off their wheelie skills and a couple of unicycle riders were also there.

Other activities included cycle training for youngsters aged three and older, free bike repairs and on-road guided bike rides.

There were bike displays from Berkhamsted shops The Little Bike Company, which supplies children specifically, and Lovelo Cycle Works.

Mr Bell said: “Bikefest is there partly to encourage people to get out on their bikes and reduce the number of cars we have got on the road.

“This would reduce the parking issues we have got in the town and improve people’s health.”