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Community / Folk encouraged to get the bike out for Lerwick cycling event

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A CYCLING event is set to take place in Lerwick next month on the Up Helly Aa procession route.

The non-competitive Pedal Lerwick event will take place on 29 August and it will be free to take part.

It will be Pedal for Scotland’s first event to be held in the country since 2019 due to the pandemic.

Shetland Island Council’s sport and leisure team will coordinate the event with support from various local partners including Ability Shetland, RAYNET Shetland, Shetland Community Bike Project, Specsavers, SIC’s road safety and other volunteers.

Pedal Lerwick will be set over a one-way, 0.5 mile loop on closed roads around the heart of Lerwick, on Up Helly Aa procession route.

It is billed as being suitable for beginners and all the family, and folk can cycle the loop as many times as they want.

The King George V playpark will host the registration point, free cycle hire (including adapted bikes for disabled participants), a ‘cycling skills circuit’, soft play and games for younger children.

The event will provide a “welcoming, safe and fun environment for people new to cycling and families with younger children”.

Pedal Lerwick organiser Louise Johnson said: “We can’t wait to host our first Pedal for Scotland event in Shetland.

“We have been so restricted in how we can gather in the past year, it will be wonderful to see so many people meet up on their bikes in August.”

Head of education and training for Cycling Scotland Christopher Johnson said: “Taking part in a Pedal event on safe and accessible cycling routes can help build confidence and skills for you and/or your children.

“And if you already cycle regularly, you can recommend an event to friends and family and help them get all the physical and mental health benefits of cycling.”

More information on the event can be found here.