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You won’t see a bike like this in the Tour de France!

Rich Lomas-Brown, Max Everett and Jon Moody from Sustrans, and SKDC's leisure and amenities team leader Susie McCahon.

Rich Lomas-Brown, Max Everett and Jon Moody from Sustrans, and SKDC's leisure and amenities team leader Susie McCahon.

A smoothie-making bicycle was an unusual addition to Grantham Market on Saturday, at a stall being offered free to local charities.

The bike was an attraction at a stall offered by South Kesteven District Council each market day to local charities at no charge.

It was brought along by Sustrans, a foot, bike and public transport charity, which is among several charities to take up the council’s offer. Shoppers were encouraged to hop on and produce their own smoothie by pedalling ingredients into the cycle powered smoothie maker.

Sustrans’ work in Grantham recently has seen six primary and secondary schools receive support to embrace pupils and staff to cycle more through ‘Dr Bike’ repair workshops, installing secure cycle storage, numerous led rides and social activities such as ‘Bike Breakfasts’.

So far it’s supported over 300 children in the town, helping to reduce car congestion around schools and anti-social behaviour.

Sustrans’ schools officer Jonathan Moody said: “Our work locally has encouraged hundreds of children to get involved and acknowledge the health and environmental benefits of cycling. The activity of cycling is often perceived to have associated risk but we take safety very seriously and that’s why we’ve been working hard in schools, educating children how to have great fun but still cycle safely.

“The opportunity on Grantham Market has helped get our message out further in the community.”

It was the special bike’s second appearance in the town this week, after it featured at Monday’s Inspire + Tour De SK event at The Meres Leisure Centre.

Another charity which took advantage of the opportunity to highlight its work was The Alzheimer’s Society. Rich Lomas-Brown, from Bourne, was raising funds for the charity as part of a team set to cycle the same route as the first stage of The Tour De France in Yorkshire next month.

He said: “I’d like to thank the people of Grantham for their support on the day. It is a tough 120 miles with three steep climbs but the fund-raising and goodwill gestures from people in South Kesteven will be a big incentive to complete the journey in a good time.”

The trading opportunity is available to charities week in, week out at the standard and farmers’ markets hosted in Westgate in the town.

Charities wishing to take advantage of the free stall should call SKDC on 01476 406080 or email markets@southkesteven.gov.uk

 

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