Hartlepool learns about pedal power

Pedal power was on show when the benefits of healthy travel were explained at a shopping centre.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 29 February, 2016, 13:57
Tony Davison (right) (sustainable travel officer) and Tyler Richardson look on as Tyler's dad Gareth rides the bike that powers the Scalextric track. Picture by FRANK REID

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.

Keith Carter (Summerhill) and Faye Guy (health trainer) with a selection of information leaflets. Picture by FRANK REID

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.

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.

Get Cycling staff member Rebekah Uddin powers the record player as she pedals. Picture by FRANK REID

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.

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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 tony.davison@hartlepool.gov.uk or call him on (01429) 523259.

Get Cycling staff member Rebekah Uddin powers the record player as she pedals. Picture by FRANK REID
Get Cycling staff member Rebekah Uddin powers the record player as she pedals. Picture by FRANK REID
Keith Carter (Summerhill) and Faye Guy (health trainer) with a selection of information leaflets. Picture by FRANK REID
Keith Carter (Summerhill) and Faye Guy (health trainer) with a selection of information leaflets. Picture by FRANK REID
Get Cycling staff member Rebekah Uddin powers the record player as she pedals. Picture by FRANK REID
Get Cycling staff member Rebekah Uddin powers the record player as she pedals. Picture by FRANK REID
Get Cycling staff member Rebekah Uddin powers the record player as she pedals. Picture by FRANK REID
Keith Carter (Summerhill) and Faye Guy (health trainer) with a selection of information leaflets. Picture by FRANK REID