Bikeability in #Devon with @cycledevon

Not enough people are aware of Bikeability! It is widely available and to go straight to the point it is about “Cycling Proficiency for the 21st Century“.

Being in Devon there is something even more special: Andrei Burton is involved in the scheme!

Who is Andrei Burton (just in case you are not on the same timezone)!

He is a multi Guinness World Record Holder – passionate about riding his bike.

To get the full picture,  visit his website http://andreiburton.com/

Andrei Burton

Andrei Burton

In fact, he is more than just showing his face – he is backing Devon County Council’s project to make sure that Bikeability goes forward.

To clarify, Bikeability is dedicated to children who want to discover, explore and learn how to cycle safely and further down the line are able to enjoy the freedom of riding a bicycle whether in the countryside or in the urban landscape. Safety first and once this is acquired… the rest is history.

…Hundreds of thousands of young cyclists have already received Bikeability training and have been awarded coveted Bikeability badges and certificates. We want as many children as possible to have the opportunity to take part in Bikeability training, and it is estimated that more than 1.5 million will have been trained by March 2015… Source

bikeability logo

bikeability logo

It is also related to get the cycling community involved throughout Devon – it doesn’t matter whether you ride a road bike, MTB or fixed gear too.

Devon is the largest provider of bicycle training in England. And then, there is The Exe Trail which makes things easier for families who want to go for a casual ride along the river Exe. The map shows a rather interesting itinerary from both sides of the Estuary.

Very practical and fun if you want to spend a few hours between Exmouth and Dawlish. A real joy for tourists staying for a well deserved Break in this County. It is a real breath of fresh air when leaving their Devon holiday lodge and embracing the beauty of nature – this is what makes this area of England so unique.

In the past decade things have improved so much. Before, (shared) cycle paths were either rare or difficult to access. Thankfully, Cycle Devon has turned things around! The website has regular updates and social media (twitter and/or facebook) provides mre than a handful of information.

All this couldn’t be possible without the financial support of DfT (Department For Transport). The amount in question is £264,000, which will allow 6,600 children to be trained for the year 2015/2016.

For more information related to  cycling in Devon as well as Bikeability – including Summer Holiday courses –  please visit cycledevon.info

Bikeability banner

Bikeability banner


The #Devon version of @tweedrun is @velo_vintage

A lot of cyclists have heard about The Tweed Run. It is basically about riding (ideally) a vintage bicycle with stylish clothes such as tweed suits, flat caps, plus fours or alpaca coats…etc

Tweed Run EtiquetteDevonshire has its own gathering it is called Velo Vintage.

Velo Vintage - The Strand Exmouth

Velo Vintage – The Strand Exmouth

It is not the first time that Velo Vintage is taking place; it will in fact be the 5th event. Check that little video below about December 2013 fun day.

It seems that people like that trip in the past for a day or two – are we missing something despite of all the technology? Vintage stores are also blossoming and there is a real passion to search for that rare and unique accessory which will bring something special to the garment or the bike too.

Vintage is not just a movement – it is a lifestyle as well. People have a real interest in recycling clothes and spare parts (bikes, bicycles, classic cars) to give them that kind of rebirth.

Spending a day on the bicycle and traveling back in time, away from the daily stress and forgetting for a few hours smartphones, social media and everything digital is actually very good to empty your mind and it gives the opportunity to meet other people with the same passion: a breath of fresh air.

The man behind Velo Vintage is Alistair Cope known for a few adventures involving bicycles/canoe/penny farthing. It is always for charity @HeadwayDevon.

…supporting people with acquired brain injuries in Devon and Torbay…

Velo Vintage - "Albert" Penny Farthing

Velo Vintage – “Albert” Penny Farthing

Sponsorships from Ringtons and ongoing local support from Bikelands and MagicBikeMike gives this day out on two wheels a real feel of community between participants.

It is not too late you join in on Sunday 15th June 2014 – see dedicated page HERE – just a few Guineas for a great day in the English countryside and a packed programme from 9.30am to 10pm.

Devon Cream Tea

Devon Cream Tea