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From: worthing@eco-action.org
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 14:03:52 +0100
Subject: Update

"IN TOWN WITHOUT MY CAR", EUROPEAN CAR FREE DAY

WORTHING TOWN CENTRE, SUNDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2008
In 2007 over 2,000 towns and cities in 35 countries marked European Car Free day with events called 'In Town Without My Car'. This annual event allows us to question what our town centre streets are really for, and whether we have got the balances right between the differing and often competing needs of street users.

For 2008 Sustrans invites cyclists of all ages and abilities to enjoy an hour or so of fun, family-friendly cycling around Worthing town centre. In doing so you will be making a public statement that cycling has a vital role to play in claiming back our streets and public spaces from the car.

The cycle ride on Sunday 21st September starts from Steyne Gardens, just off the seafront in Worthing Town Centre, at 11:00am. We will ride 'En Masse' along the seafront road to Heene Road. From there a treasure trail of places of local interest will direct cyclists to ride at their own pace on a cycle-friendly route back to Steyne Gardens.

Sustrans' vision is a world in which people choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment. If people are given priority over traffic; if people are able to go about their daily business without being intimidated by traffic; then our towns and cities increasingly become places where people want to live and work. In the final analysis, "In Town, Without My Car!" is about much more than just a day: ultimately, it is about handing on a more habitable town to our children.

For more information about the event phone 07938-644315 or email info@artsmadness.net

Five reasons to get on your bike -

1. Cyclists live on average at least two years longer than non-cyclists and their fitness levels are equivalent to being ten years younger so forget nip and tuck, think pedal and push!

2. Cycling is the ultimate family activity; it's healthy, fun and encourages children to be independent.

3. Twenty minutes of gentle cycling burns up to 100 calories, so if you cycle to work, you'll be able to have that afternoon treat without feeling an inch of guilt!

4. Studies show that car drivers are exposed to five times as much polluted air than cyclists, making cycling good for the environment, as well as your health.

5. Cycling is often much quicker than public transport or taking the car - even better, you won't spend a penny on public transport, road tax, parking, MOT or fuel.


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