York Cycle Show hailed a huge success

York Press: Cyclists leave a special  service at York Minster Cyclists leave a special service at York Minster

TEN thousand cycle enthusiasts got on their bikes this weekend as they descended on York Racecourse for an annual cycling extravaganza.

The 67th York Cycle Show, one of the biggest national events for cyclists and one of the highlights in the UK cycling calendar, is the climax of National Bike Week.

Paralympic gold medal cyclist David Stone attended the weekend-long showcase and visitors enjoyed stunt shows, vintage bike exhibitions, bike auctions, children's entertainers, a real ale bar, giant inflatables, a climbing wall and a bungee jump.

York Police were also at the event, tagging dozens of bikes and offering tips on how owners can make life more difficult for thieves as part of the city-wide Operation Spoke.

Saturday coincided with the arrival of a prototype London 2012 Olympic torch and on the Sunday a grand cycle parade took place through York from the Minster after a special service for cyclists.

Paul Hepworth, chairman of the show’s committee, said everyone enjoyed the dry and warm temperatures on the Saturday and the glorious sunshine on Sunday, adding: “This is the first time for several years we have had fine weather throughout the event and it really helped draw people out of their homes to the event.

“It was a spectacular turnout with about 10,000 people in total for the two days.

“The show is one of the biggest national events for cyclists and since it started in 1945 it has encouraged thousands to pedal for pleasure.

“Again this year everyone seemed to be having a great time, including the children who took part in cycling competitive events, and the service at York Minster was very well attended.

“We hope to see the same success in 2012.”

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9:34am Mon 27 Jun 11

spiritofyork says...

I can gurantee the residents of York won't be hoping for 'the same success in 2012'!!
I can gurantee the residents of York won't be hoping for 'the same success in 2012'!! spiritofyork

10:48am Mon 27 Jun 11

notmyrealname says...

Several regular attenders we spoke to were not so impressed and thought that numbers were down from previous years Also the "parade" through York centre was not supported by the authorities in terms of closing streets etc.
A few bouncy castles and expensive coffee and fast food stalls did not really add to the event . There is talk of of it not continuing in York ?? any info on that York Council ?
Several regular attenders we spoke to were not so impressed and thought that numbers were down from previous years Also the "parade" through York centre was not supported by the authorities in terms of closing streets etc. A few bouncy castles and expensive coffee and fast food stalls did not really add to the event . There is talk of of it not continuing in York ?? any info on that York Council ? notmyrealname

12:00pm Mon 27 Jun 11

cherokee says...

At least they had their clothes on
At least they had their clothes on cherokee

12:00pm Mon 27 Jun 11

cherokee says...

At least they had their clothes on
At least they had their clothes on cherokee

12:10pm Mon 27 Jun 11

spiritofyork says...

The fact that this show was poorly attended and has cast York off as a venue host, I think proves just how anti-cycling this city is, despite propaganda to make it seem otherwise.

Yet again it's plain and simple that bicycles won't be tolerated in this city and sooner ot later I imagine the continuously decreasing numbers of cyclists, will eventually become so few and far between that York will finally have it's wish - a bike free city!

Just because it's right for The Netherlands, doesn't make it right for England.
The fact that this show was poorly attended and has cast York off as a venue host, I think proves just how anti-cycling this city is, despite propaganda to make it seem otherwise. Yet again it's plain and simple that bicycles won't be tolerated in this city and sooner ot later I imagine the continuously decreasing numbers of cyclists, will eventually become so few and far between that York will finally have it's wish - a bike free city! Just because it's right for The Netherlands, doesn't make it right for England. spiritofyork

6:39pm Mon 27 Jun 11

Woody Mellor says...

spiritofyork wrote:
The fact that this show was poorly attended and has cast York off as a venue host, I think proves just how anti-cycling this city is, despite propaganda to make it seem otherwise.

Yet again it's plain and simple that bicycles won't be tolerated in this city and sooner ot later I imagine the continuously decreasing numbers of cyclists, will eventually become so few and far between that York will finally have it's wish - a bike free city!

Just because it's right for The Netherlands, doesn't make it right for England.
"anti-cycling this city, bicycles won't be tolerated in this city, continuously decreasing numbers of cyclists, a bike free city!"? What city or more to the point What planet are you on??
I'm no cyclist, I'm a 4x4 man but your just talking twaddle!
[quote][p][bold]spiritofyork[/bold] wrote: The fact that this show was poorly attended and has cast York off as a venue host, I think proves just how anti-cycling this city is, despite propaganda to make it seem otherwise. Yet again it's plain and simple that bicycles won't be tolerated in this city and sooner ot later I imagine the continuously decreasing numbers of cyclists, will eventually become so few and far between that York will finally have it's wish - a bike free city! Just because it's right for The Netherlands, doesn't make it right for England.[/p][/quote]"anti-cycling this city, bicycles won't be tolerated in this city, continuously decreasing numbers of cyclists, a bike free city!"? What city or more to the point What planet are you on?? I'm no cyclist, I'm a 4x4 man but your just talking twaddle! Woody Mellor

6:41pm Mon 27 Jun 11

Woody Mellor says...

Not heard from PP for a while, thought he'd be commenting on this for sure. Hope he's ok.
Not heard from PP for a while, thought he'd be commenting on this for sure. Hope he's ok. Woody Mellor

9:42pm Mon 27 Jun 11

piaggio says...

this show was poorly attended !!!

no wonder , have you seen the cost of petrol/deisel now .

can,t fill the motorhome/carabloody
van/volvo now .
this show was poorly attended !!! no wonder , have you seen the cost of petrol/deisel now . can,t fill the motorhome/carabloody van/volvo now . piaggio

10:21am Tue 28 Jun 11

pedalling paul says...

notmyrealname wrote:
Several regular attenders we spoke to were not so impressed and thought that numbers were down from previous years Also the "parade" through York centre was not supported by the authorities in terms of closing streets etc.
A few bouncy castles and expensive coffee and fast food stalls did not really add to the event . There is talk of of it not continuing in York ?? any info on that York Council ?
The Police no longer have powers to close streets and stop traffic for events like this. Under national legislation they must be notified via a Safey Events group which is headed up by the Local Authority. The event organisers must arange volunteer marshalls.
I rode back from the Minster Service, with some 800 other riders, on a pre-agreed cross-city route. There was a "human sign post" at every junction holding a large direction arrow sign to point us the right way.
Once we reached Terry Avenue, we were able to rapidly pedal along back to the Knavesmire.
So far as the venue is concerned, I heard rumours of Harrogate Show Ground a few years ago. However that seems to be on the back burner for the time being. Knavesmire is not without its logistical difficulties, but has far better attractions on its doorstep.
[quote][p][bold]notmyrealname[/bold] wrote: Several regular attenders we spoke to were not so impressed and thought that numbers were down from previous years Also the "parade" through York centre was not supported by the authorities in terms of closing streets etc. A few bouncy castles and expensive coffee and fast food stalls did not really add to the event . There is talk of of it not continuing in York ?? any info on that York Council ?[/p][/quote]The Police no longer have powers to close streets and stop traffic for events like this. Under national legislation they must be notified via a Safey Events group which is headed up by the Local Authority. The event organisers must arange volunteer marshalls. I rode back from the Minster Service, with some 800 other riders, on a pre-agreed cross-city route. There was a "human sign post" at every junction holding a large direction arrow sign to point us the right way. Once we reached Terry Avenue, we were able to rapidly pedal along back to the Knavesmire. So far as the venue is concerned, I heard rumours of Harrogate Show Ground a few years ago. However that seems to be on the back burner for the time being. Knavesmire is not without its logistical difficulties, but has far better attractions on its doorstep. pedalling paul

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