The first ever closed road community cycling event for Bury St Edmunds took place on Sunday 30th September, with around 500 cyclists of all ages and abilities cycling on traffic free roads around the town centre.
Participants were all provided with high-vis vests, courtesy of sponsors Ashtons Legal, and the unique event gave participants a rewarding way to take in some of the town’s amazing array of famous landmarks and renowned architecture, without a car in sight.
The event was made possible through a partnership between Abbeycroft Leisure and Bury St Edmunds Town Council who provided funding for the event; The Palmer Group and St Nicholas Hospice with support from St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Suffolk County Council, and West Suffolk Wheelers.
The event was officially started by the Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Margaret Marks and 8 year old Joseph Harden from Abbotts Green Primary School who named the event as part of a schools competition.
Ian Evans, sport development manager for Abbeycroft Leisure said,“We were incredibly pleased with the turn out for this first closed ride cycling event for Bury St Edmunds and all the cyclists seemed to really enjoy themselves. We had a good steady stream of participants throughout the day and it was great to see cyclists of all ages and abilities. He continued “We would like to thank everyone involved in the organisation of this event and particularly the volunteers”.
Cllr Andrew Speed, Chairman of Bury St Edmunds Town Council said, “The Town Council was delighted to support the day, it was great to see so many people, young and old, enjoying the cycling event and touring the Town. Whilst lycra is not for all of us, I can thoroughly recommend an electric bike – serene progress with no effort!”
Bez Baker, Client Relationship Executive at Ashtons Legal said,“Ashtons is delighted to have been involved in this fun event and it was great to see so many local people and families get involved.
Cllr Jo Rayner, St Edmundsbury Borough Council Cabinet member for Leisure and Heritage said, ‘It is apparent that there’s a terrific appetite for events of this kind, which bring people together and are great fun. We work hard to minimise disruption and I thank residents and businesses for their support.’