On Saturday 10th July 2010, hundreds of passers-by feeling the blazing heat in the Halesworth Thoroughfare were treated to a free smoothie drink. The only snag was that they had to pedal for it! But they soon saw how little energy it takes to pedal yourself a smoothie, and keep fit at the same time.
Meanwhile the Bike Aid scheme received generous contributions of unwanted and spare puncture patches, tyre levers, spoons, spanners, pumps to be turned into emergency repair kits that will be placed in pubs, shops and other public places in and around the town.
Each 'Bike Aid' location will have a window-sticker to advertise the kit. At the same time, you can look up the route of the Halesworth Wheel, a 20 mile circular route on quiet roads around the town.
The Wheel and the Bike Aid scheme will be launched by a family fun ride on Sunday 5thSeptember organised by Sustrans. Look out for posters around the town.
Event organisers Halesworth in Transition (HinT) are part of a widespread and growing grassroots movement of people who are taking a positive attitude to preparing for the impacts of climate change and peak oil (“peak oil” is when cheap and easy-to-get oil runs out). Cycling is a practical, cheap, healthy and non-polluting alternative to generating power by using oil. The smoothie-maker is just one way of having fun while getting fit, saving money, and protecting the environment.
Many towns are already part of the international Transition movement. Locally, this includes Bungay, Beccles, Framlingham, Woodbridge, Norwich, and Ipswich. HinT is not affiliated to any political party and is a non-profit-making organisation run entirely by volunteers.
For more information about this event and other activities phone 01986 875323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.