Tuesday, 14 May 2013

World Fair Trade day – children etch giant hillside bicycle

“Linking cycling and fair trade products is a natural extension of what we do. Cycling is great exercise for children and adults alike, improving their health and also ensuring a cleaner local environment. Any reductions in CO2 emissions we make using our bikes can also contribute to combating global climate change, one of the most serious threats to people in developing counties. And these fantastic fair trade bike products ensure that third world producers get a fair price and enable them to provide education and health care for their families, so a real win win.

ED’s Cycle Co-op, a community based social enterprise to promote cycling to children and adults in East Dunbartonshire, it has developed ED’s Cycle Fair in partnership with the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, the Fairtrade Foundation and East Dunbartonshire Council. Bishopbriggs primary schools have some of the highest rates of children cycling to school in Scotland.

ED’s Cycle Fair, will be the world’s first fair trade cycle festival, showcasing plenty Fairtrade products and suppliers. It will begin on Sunday 16th June, the start of a week long celebration of cycling that will include activities for all ages and abilities across the north of Glasgow:

Ø      Family events in Mugdock Country Park and West Highland Way;

Ø      Track cycling in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome;

Ø      Mountain biking in Cathkin Braes, Lennox Forrest and Carron Valley;

Ø      Road biking at the Robert Millar Sportif over the Campsie Hills.

Full details of all the events taking place across East Dunbartonshire can be found on our website www.eastdunbartonshirecyclefestival.org.uk where you can register to take park in any that take your interest.

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