The weekend just gone was the York Cycling Festival, project managed by our sister company Get Cycling. I went for the first time this year (although for work, not play!) and it was absolutely cracking.
I was manning the Scalectrix tracks – two dynamo-equipped bikes are attached to each circuit, and riders power the cars by pedalling. Looking after it was surprisingly tiring (since all the kids seemed to want to do was to throw the cars off tracks), but it was worth it because virtually all the people who tried it left with wide smiles on their faces.
There were plenty of other things to see and do besides – a basketball court was converted into a circuit for KMX Karts and some of the beautifully landscaped paths were taken over by all manner of cycles, from semi-recumbents to cruisers.
The thing I enjoyed most though was watching all the cycles going around the park that weren’t being ridden by the public – a rickshaw became an impromptu sandwich-cart, and there was a Yuba Mundo that was being used to convey important bits and bobs from place to place. Sure, it’s not like they were transporting anything for hundreds of miles, but it went to show that cycles can successfully ferry anything over shorter distances.