Sunderland cyclists Sustrans’ charity ride - PICTURE

Volunteers enjoy cycling on the riverside path on the north side of the Wear
Volunteers enjoy cycling on the riverside path on the north side of the Wear
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VOLUNTEERS saddled up for a celebratory cycle ride.

Members of the Sustrans’ charity, which aims to boost green travel, completed the 10-mile tour of Wearside as part of its North East Volunteer Day.

Riders followed a route from the city centre, along the south side of the Wear, before crossing at Cox Green and returning to host venue, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, along the north riverside path.

Walkers also crossed the river at the Wearmouth Bridge to take in St Peter’s Church and learn about the city’s ship-building heritage.

The day highlighted the work of the group’s “fantastic volunteers” and thanked them for their support.

Regional director Bryn Dowson said: “We are very lucky here in the North East to have some amazing, extremely committed and talented volunteers.

“I’d like to offer our thanks to those who give their time to help make our projects so great.

“Whether it’s helping to maintain routes or supporting our staff in schools and workplaces, volunteers aid us greatly to raise the number of people choosing cleaner, healthier travel options.

“Sustrans is the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.”

As part of an annual award scheme, Mark Bingham, from North Tyneside, was named Sustrans’ North East Volunteer of the year, just ahead of Marcus Watson, from Grindon, and Dawn Rugman, from Fulwell.

For more information about the charity, call 261 6160.