Pedal power is a winner at Hartlepool green scheme’s roadshow

Joan Cook and Sarah Thorpe try to make a smoothie with Rebekah Uddin from Get Cycling during the event at the Innovation Centre.

Joan Cook and Sarah Thorpe try to make a smoothie with Rebekah Uddin from Get Cycling during the event at the Innovation Centre.

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Pedal power rules in Hartlepool – and it’s even helping to make smoothies.

A roadshow was held in town to show just how important the bicycle is.

Keith Carter, left, and Mark Donnelly from the Cycle Clinic at Summerhill take part in the event.

Keith Carter, left, and Mark Donnelly from the Cycle Clinic at Summerhill take part in the event.

The three-hour free drop-in event took place in the car park at the Innovation Centre on the Queens Meadow Business Park in town.

Organisers say the aim was to promote sustainable travel and get more people cycling.

The roadshow was organised by the Hartlepool Active Travel Hub.

Local cycle shops got a chance to show their range of bikes available and there was advice on hand for cycling and from the walking charity Living Streets.

Daniel Cartmail tries to make a smoothie using pedal power.

Daniel Cartmail tries to make a smoothie using pedal power.

People also had a chance to try pedal powered car racing and a pedal powered smoothie maker.

The event was organised as part of a new green travel scheme that has been launched by Hartlepool Council to try to improve the health of residents, make town roads safer and boost the local economy.

Funded through the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, the Hartlepool Active Travel Hub scheme aims to work closely with local companies and their employees to promote alternatives to the car, including cycling.

Sustainable Travel Officer Tony Davison, who is leading the scheme, said the aim was to both engage with companies at Queens Meadow and their employees but also encourage the public to get involved as well.

Rob Woodward and Mike Picton try to power a toy car race with Michelle Evans from Get Cycling.

Rob Woodward and Mike Picton try to power a toy car race with Michelle Evans from Get Cycling.

The cycle clinic from Summerhill Country Park in Hartlepool was also there to offer advice on bike servicing and repairs.