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For the last week there has been a non stop schedule of free community bike events happening all of the city, brought to you by the North West Velo Fest. From bike buckaroo, to speeding alleycats, to tweed rides & bicycle polo – one might argue, something to lure in any category of cyclist. Now it was time to bring all of those pockets of pedallers together to enjoy a social evening of pedal powered tunes and merriment in a dusking Platt Fields Park. As we set up the lantern and site decorations in the pouring rain, we were disappointed to admit that there was a high chance we’d get a small intake of park pedallers on this dreary Friday evening. However, we should have had more faith! Out of the drizzly twilight and from every direction appeared drenched cheery faces loyally facing the gloomy evening to inject some cheer beneath the sinister skies; and of course they did – we have a hardcore collective of bikers here in this little drizzly town.

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A wonderful energy buzzed by the lakeside near to our familiar set up at the Boathouse as we prepared a number of tins for the ‘ring of fire’ special illuminated performance by the vivacious collection of formidable women, otherwise known as the Spokes Bicycle Dance Troupe.

A perfect warm up for tomorrow’s main event : Envirolution

As usual we plotted and planned for future developments in this great space, as a way to strengthen and merge the small community groups that exist in this city. Cozy evenings like this form inspiring visions into what-could-be; watch this space & get in touch if you’re a Manchester based bicycle community group or project and would like to see things happen!

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