Halesworth’s Smooth-ie Transition to Pedal-power

On Saturday 10th July, passers-by in the Thoroughfare were offered a free Smoothie in the blazing heat. The only snag was that they had to pedal for it!  but they soon saw how little energy it takes to pedal yourself a smoothie, and keep fit at the same time.

Meanwhile the Bike Aid scheme (formerly Cycle Aid) received contributions to its emergency repair kits: puncture kits, tyre levers, spoons, spanners, inner tubes all to be placed in pubs, shops and other public places in and around the town.

Each Bike Aid location will have a window-sticker to advertise the kit.  If you’d like to know more, go towww.surveymonkey.com/s/P6GDKQJ At the same time, you can look up the route of the Halesworth Wheel, a 20 mile circular route on quiet roads around the town.

The Wheel and the Bike Aid scheme will be launched by a family fun ride on Sunday 5th September organised by Sustrans. Find out more on the website and look out for posters around the town.

Event organisers Halesworth in Transition (HinT) are part of a widespread and growing grassroots movement of people who are taking a positive attitude to preparing for the impacts of climate change and peak oil (“peak oil” is when cheap and easy-to-get oil runs out).  Cycling is a practical, cheap, healthy and non-polluting alternative to generating power by using oil. The smoothie-maker is just one way of having fun while getting fit, saving money, and protecting the environment.

Many towns are already part of the international Transition movement. Locally, this includes Bungay, Beccles, Framlingham, Woodbridge, Norwich, and Ipswich. HinT is not affiliated to any political party and is a non-profit-making organisation run entirely by volunteers.

For more information about this event and other activities phone 01986 875323 or email hint@talktalk.net.

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