Specialist cycling event to be held in Harrogate ward

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A specialist cycling event is to be held in Harrogate this month with police officers joining forces with the council and local groups.

Hosted as part of the My Neighbourhood scheme, the cycling day on September 16 will bring a number of different groups together.

There will be police officers marking bikes, demonstrations on cycle maintenance, as well as advice on where to go and what to wear.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) James Skaith, who covers the Bilton and Woodfield wards, said: “I normally do a couple of bike marking events each year in the ward but when the My Neighbourhood project was launched, many residents told us they were interested in cycling so I thought it would be a good idea to put on a special bike event.

“We will be demonstrating the benefits cycling can bring and also making sure that people can cycle safely as well as keep their bikes and sheds safe from theft.”

There will be free bike marking and discounted bike security chipping. Representatives from Halfords, Boneshakers and Specialised Concept Store will be there, as will members of different cycling groups. There will be proficiency demonstrations, information on cycling for people with disabilities and how to ‘recycle’ old bikes with the Rotary Club.

The event is to be held at the Woodfield Play Park from 10am to 3pm on September 16.

There will be a guided bike ride for the whole family and visitors wanting to take part are asked to bring their helmets.