Pedal power was on show when the benefits of healthy travel were explained at a shopping centre.
Customers at Middleton Grange in Hartlepool got to try out everything from a bicycle-powered smoothie maker to a pedal-powered gramophone and disco.
There was also a chance to use bike power to fuel a Scalextric track and it was all done to promote the benefits of healthy forms of getting around town.
The initiative – called the Pop-up Healthy Travel Shop – was described by organisers as a fun free event during half term to celebrate all the benefits of travelling by bus, bike and on foot.
But as well as having interactive fun, people could also collect information about walking, cycling and public transport.
Competitions for prizes were also held.
It will benefit our own team, as well as our tenants and our customers. We are striving towards the bronze award for health and wellbeing and this is a good opportunity for usMark Rycraft, manager of the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre
As well as being aimed at shopping centre customers, shopping centre staff were also being encouraged to take part in the eight-hour free event which promoted alternatives to the car.
The event was being held as part of Hartlepool’s plans to encourage fitness with the town’s sustainable travel oficer Tony Davison at the helm.
Local bus and train information was also available, as well as details of the Hartlepool Cycle Clinic which carries out bike repairs and servicing from its base at Summerhill Country Park.
The next Cycle Clinic event is tomorrow from 4.30pm, frames and other aspects of bikes will be discussed.
Places will be allocated on a first -come first-served basis. Anyone wanting more details on healthy forms of transport, and on the Cycle Clinic, including costs, can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on (01429) 523259.