News: Cyber Cyclist Hits The Road
Monday, 14th June 2004
A COMPUTERISED "cyclist" is to test the mettle of would-be Lance Armstrongs in a cycling roadshow that is due to criss-cross Lancashire.
The Lancashire County Council roadshow will feature a cycle linked electronically to a computer and screen - so that fiendish technicians can make the "virtual" road rise or fall to make the would-be biker pedal harder.
County Councillor Jean Yates, Lancashire County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transportation, said:
"The roadshow will cover most parts of the county and will feature safe riding, cycling for commuting and cycling for pleasure.
"The computerised cycle should be a real laugh for everyone. The cyclist has to turn the handlebars in time to the road and will find he or she has to pedal faster or slower according to the programme the technician enters.
"The serious message is that cycling can be fun and a great way of getting fir as well as getting about quickly and safely.
"Many areas of the county now have attractive cycling routes and we are always building more. Some of our routes record more than 1,000 cyclists per day, proving that people will get out of their cars when they know that alternatives are practical."
First roadshow is tomorrow (Tuesday) at Clitheroe Market and the series will end at Barnoldswick Balloon Festival on 4 September.
County Councillor Nora Ward, Lancashire County Council chairman and a keen cyclist, who once rode from Morecambe to Scarborough in a day, added:
"Cycling is one of the best ways to get out and enjoy Lancashire's countryside.
"We have cyclepaths suitable for families and children, cyclepaths for commuting and even a 260-mile scenic route around the county. No one can make anyone cycle - but I know that people will enjoy it once they start."
Roadshow times and venues:
- Clitheroe Market, 10:30-15:30, 15 June;
- Market Square, Lancaster, 10:30-16:00, 17 June;
- Royal Preston Hospital, 11:30-14:30, 18 June;
- Preston Flag Market, 10:30-16:00, 21 June; Leyland Market, 10:30-16:00, 22 June;
- Chorley Hospital, 11:30-14:30, 28 June;
- Chorley centre (by covered market on Cleveland Street/Fazakerly Street), 10:30-15:30, 6 July;
- Ormskirk clock tower, 10:30-15:30, 8 July;
- Rossendale Outdoor Festival, Marl Pits, 11:00-14:00, 17 July;
- East Lancs Bike Fest; 11:00-16:00, 24 July;
- Burnley Festival, 10:30-16:30, 25 July;
- Royal Lancashire Show, 09:30-19:00, 27-29 July;
- Barnoldswick Balloon Festival, 10:00-14:00, 4 September.
For further information please contact: Neil Graham on 01772 531095