Penny farthings will be the order of the day when a new cycle route across Ryelands Park in Lancaster is opened on Monday 7 June at 9.30am.
The route will be opened by County Councillor Nora Ward, Lancashire County Council chairman, County Councillor Niki Penney and Councillor Janice Hanson, Lancaster's Cabinet member for Highways. On hand will be Paul Adams with bicycles from his collection of vintage cycles. A number of district councillors are expected to attend.
Councillor Niki Penney said:
"Lord Ashton had his own private cycle track in the park when he owned Ryelands Park. So we thought we should mark the opening of the cycle track with bicycles from Lord Ashton's time."
Alasdair Simpson, Lancashire County Council's cycling officer, said: "It is thought Lord Ashton liked doing tricks on his bicycles, so perhaps he was a pioneer mountain biker or BMX rider."
The new cycle route links the Ryelands Estate and the Barley Cop Lane area with the Millennium Bridge, and forms part of the national cycle route to Kendal. The route continues north via the upgraded canal towpath to Carnforth.
Councillor Jean Yates, Lancashire County Council's Cabinet member for Highways and Transport said:
"The Millennium Bridge has been used by more than 1,000 cyclists in a day.
"We opened a new cycle path into station earlier in the year, and plan to open a new cycle path along the north bank of the river later this year. In the next three years more than £2M should be spent on new cycle facilities in the Lancaster and Morecambe area."
Alasdair Simpson added:
"We have national Bike to Work Week coming up. With more cycle tracks in the Lancaster and Morecambe, it has never been a better time to cycle to work."
Note for editors:
There will be a photograph opportunity at 9.30am on Monday 7 June. Meet at car park on Torrisholme Road.
For further information please contact: Neil Graham on 01772 531095