Brighton’s first ‘Love Your Bike Week’ culminates in The Spin this Saturday 22nd February – an amazing FREE event from 12 noon to 4pm, celebrating all things ‘bike’, with stunt riders, award winning performance artists, bike workshops and more in the old market in Circus Street, Brighton, BN2 9QF.

Among the entertainments, see Nik, who won a Guinness World Record for jumping over 400 times on the wheel of his penny farthing bicycle! He will be showing his skills on Saturday, including contact juggling, unicycling, stilt walking, playing his ‘Victorian Gent’ character and demonstrating daring tricks on his BMX bike.

Event goers can also try out the Pump Track bicycle assault course, Cycle Spirograph, displays and craft workshops and the Colourwheel with Boo Hodges, as well as all kinds of fun with hula hoops, bouncy slide, kids play area and great food and beer stalls from Street Diner. www.circusstreetbrighton.com
The spin is the final big event in Brighton’s first ‘Love Your Bike Week’ at the Circus Street Bike Hub, a partnership between the charity Groundwork and Cathedral Group, who are the developers behind proposals to regenerate the Circus Street old market area.  It aims to help people get their bikes back in action, offering free maintenance services and organising events to build bike riding confidence.
Caroline Lucas MP launched the week on Valentine’s Day, when she formally opened the new Circus Street Bike Hub. She said: “The Circus Street Bike Hub is a great example of the way Brighton and Hove is showing the way on pro-cycling initiatives – I hope very much that it will help inspire more people to get on their bikes in the city.

During ‘Love Your Bike Week’, Groundwork volunteers have been available daily from 11am-3pm for local people to drop in with their bikes and get free help to fix them, or learn to maintain them. Anyone who has an old, unused bike can drop it off there and it will be recycled. There have also been several fun group rides on offer, inviting people to meet at Circus Street and join up with a group to cycle to Shoreham or Saltdean. 

Said Martyn Evans, Creative Director of Cathedral Group, “Love Your Bike Week and our free public event on 22nd February, The Spin, are going to be great fun at the same time as offering practical help to people to get back on their bikes. We hope this special week will become a fixture in Brighton’s calendar in the future.

“The Circus Street Bike Hub is a precursor to our ground breaking cycle friendly development proposals on the site. We are absolutely committed to encouraging pedal power and will be going one step further, giving free bikes and secure storage to all our new residents as one of many sustainable features to help make Brighton a healthier and cleaner city.”

Cathedral Group in partnership with McLaren Property submitted a planning application in December for a development on the site estimated to bring over £200million into Brighton & Hove over the next ten years, create over 600 jobs, deliver two landmark public buildings: The Dance Space, a new home for South East Dance, and a library and teaching building for the University of Brighton, as well as much needed new homes and managed student accommodation.

“In light of the ever improving cycling conditions around Brighton & Hove, we aim to support more people to get on a bike and enjoy the benefits of this most affordable, efficient and healthy way to get around,” said Duncan Blinkhorn, Community Projects Co-ordinator at Groundwork South.

Groundwork South is a registered charity which works in partnership with local communities, business and government to improve neighbourhoods, develop skills and promote greener ways of living and working. The group intends to use Circus Street as a temporary home for the Bike Hub before moving to Lewes Road after the Circus Street development begins. People can drop in on Saturdays and Thursdays, 11am-5pm time with their bikes. Further opening times will be announced later.
www.circusstreetbrighton.com