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New cycle hub to get Sunderland folk on their bikes

Coun Mel Speding and Deputy Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Stuart Porthouse  at the start of the launch of the Sustrans Hub Great Ride held at Herrington Country Park.

Coun Mel Speding and Deputy Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Stuart Porthouse at the start of the launch of the Sustrans Hub Great Ride held at Herrington Country Park.

BIKERS performed stunts as a new cycle hub aimed at getting Wearsiders pedalling was launched.

Danny Butler’s Extreme Mountain Bike Show wowed visitors to Herrington Country Park as the Deputy Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Stuart Porthouse, cut the ribbon to set off the first ride, organised by the Herrington Hub project.

Charity Sustrans and Sunderland City Council are working in partnership on the new scheme, which is to provide a base for cycling activities throughout the summer, including family rides and confidence building sessions for people of all ages and abilities.

Hundreds of guests enjoyed Danny’s show, nature walks and family-friendly rides around the parks off-road paths, taking in the park’s lake, stone viewpoints and wildlife.

Herrington Hub will complement the work Sustrans does in Sunderland, which focuses on getting people to travel by foot, bike or public transport rather than by car.

Sustrans Schools officer Mark O’Keeffe said: “We were extremely happy to see so many people enjoying Danny’s show and then getting involved with some of the other activities that we offered on the day, be it a ride or walk around the park.

“Herrington Hub is going to provide a base for cycling activities, which will encourage people to get more active while enjoying the wildlife and surroundings of the park.”

Councillor Porthouse said: “We need more people to get out and about in the fresh air walking and cycling, and partnership initiatives like this one will help us achieve that.”

 

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