A special end to bike week

Raissa Tetanish
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TRURO – With drizzle falling from the sky, Danielle Archibald still had a big bright smile on her face yesterday.

John Luddington, 6, and seven-year-old Danielle Archibald donned bright pink t-shirts on Sunday as they got ready to ride in Colchester Bike Week’s Bike Revolution. Close to 40 people gathered at Victoria Square just before the lunch hour for the ride, which took them down the middle of Prince Street to Walker, to Queen and then the Colchester Legion Stadium. A number of activities were held in the area between June 6 and yesterday to celebrate Bike Week. 

The seven-year-old Truro girl was happy because she had a chance to do what she loves to do – ride her bicycle.

“I like biking and exercise, and I like biking on the road,” said Danielle, wearing a bright pink shirt in celebration of Colchester Bike Week.

She was one of close to 40 that broke out their bicycles and helmets, and donned the shirts, for Bike Revolution, which gathered at Victoria Square.

With a police escort, the group had the run of Prince Street down to the intersection with Walker Street, before turning onto Queen and heading to the Colchester Legion Stadium. At the stadium was a kids’ bike safety rodeo, presented in partnership by the Colchester RCMP, Truro Police Service and the Colchester Bike Week committee.

“I wanted to come biking to win a new bike,” said five-year-old Emma Tremblett, of Old Barns.

“And for exercise?” her mother, Crystal asked.

While it was forecast to be a rainy weekend, Craig Burgess was pleased with the turnout for the bike ride.

“I’m pretty please, but with anything, you’re always hoping for more,” said Burgess, the Municipality of Colchester County’s manager of recreation services.

Since June 6, area residents have been celebrating Bike Week. Other events have included a bike show at the Colchester Historeum, a bike repair clinic, a short track race and even two bike Fixit stations.

“It’s important to get more familiar with safety on the road, including with cyclists, and to promote the physical activity of it too,” said Burgess. “We want people to get used to it and not be afraid of going on the road.”

With ‘share the road’ written on the backs of the shirts, along with a logo, Burgess said there is still some educating that can be done for both cyclists and motorists.

“I think it is a work in progress and it’s something we always hope will improve.”

 

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Organizations: Truro Police Service, Colchester Bike Week committee

Geographic location: Colchester County, Prince Street, Walker Street Old Barns

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