The theme of 2011’s Green Festival was sustainable transport and as such Travelchoice worked closely with Peterborough Environment City Trust (the festival organisers) to run a number of events to raise awareness throughout the city of the sustainable transport options available. Check out each of the links below to find out about the events Travelchoice put on during the two week festival.
Green Festival Launch Day
The Green Festival launch day took place on Saturday 28 May from 10am – 4pm in Cathedral Square, St John’s Square and the Cathedral Green. It was a free event and featured a range of stalls, stands, activities, music, games, competitions and give-aways. Travelchoice had a large presence on the day and with the help of PECT brought a range of exciting stands and exhibitions to the launch, these included:
A stage bus (a bus that transforms into a stage!), which was used throughout the day for a range of performances including the Momo Theatre Company’s ‘Car-Less Talk’.
Pedal powered scaletrix proved a hit with lots of children as they pedaled as fast as they could to move their car around the track faster then their friends. Although a couple of members from the Travelchoice team did have a bit of friendly competition.
Rollapalloza provided opportunities for adults to compete, as they raced on static track bikes to cover 500m in the quickest time possible.
For the Climate Change Game, students from HamptonCollege came down for the day and supported the Climate Change Team by encouraging members of the public to get involved.
18 bike give-away! Everyone who attended the event was encouraged to enter the free prize draw for their chance to win a free bike. Draws took place at 20 minute intervals throughout the day and by the end 18 lucky people had cycled away equipped with a bike, lock, lights and a helmet.
Green Festival Winners
Firstly, congratulations to the Honeyford family for successfully completing the Bank Holiday Treasure Hunt at Ferry Meadows, it might have been a bit soggy, but they still got every question correct.
Secondly, congratulations to the Lawrence family who successfully answered our sustainable travel anagram competition and were the first entry pulled out of the hat.
Tour Series 2011
City centre streets once again played host to the thrills and spills of top-class cycling when the Halfords Tour Series returned to Peterborough on Tuesday 31 May 2011. Peterborough hosted the challenge for the third year in a row and thousands of people flocked to the city centre for the race.
The one-hour race saw ten teams of top-class riders, including Olympic and world cycling stars, competing on a 1.1 kilometre circuit at speeds reaching more than 30 mph. The start and finish was in the revamped Cathedral Square, giving spectators a grandstand view of the action. The circuit also took in Church Street, Cowgate, Bourges Boulevard and Bridge Street.
Events took place in the city centre from 11am and included children’s races, community cycling events and entertainment in the lead up to the big race.
Local businesses take up the challenge.
City organisations unleashed their competitive streaks by entering teams in a ‘Business Grand Prix’ kart race around the 1.1 kilometre city centre track. 15 teams of three people competed in a Le Mans-style race in pedal-powered KMX karts – a three-wheeled fusion of go-kart, BMX bicycle and mountain bike. The race was split into two semi-finals and the top three from each race went through to the final. After three hard fought races, team Indesit emerged as the overall winners, just managing to pull past the team from the Mountain Biking Club on the very last lap. Unfortunately the team from Travelchoice got off to a poor start in their heat and came a disappointing 7th in their heat; however training has got under way for next years race so watch this space.