Get on your bike for Rotary event on cycle safety

FORFAR Rotary Club has set the wheels in motion for a cycle safety awareness day which will run in the Reid Hall on Saturday, March 12.

The event, which will run from 10 am to 4 pm, will feature a vast selection of exhibitors, from national to local level, keen to promote safety awareness in all aspects of cycling.

Colin Muir, Forfar Rotary Club President, said: “Cycling is nowadays a large recreational and sporting activity all over the country, and particularly in this area in the county of Angus, with its many attractive glens and forest areas and pleasant coastal trails near at hand.

“With the formation of many cycle paths along many of the main vehicle routes throughout Scotland our club considered it important to highlight the importance of safety awareness in all avenues of the sport.”

The cycle safety awareness day will be free of charge and is geared to suit all age groups, from children and individual cyclists to those organising future cycle runs and group events.

The event will feature a presentation by the Angus Mountain Bike Trails Association who are seeking to provide a mountain bike track in the forest areas of Glenisla..

Local businessman Andrew Renwick of The Outdoor Store will be on hand to demonstrate how to carry out routine cycle maintenance and repair.

In addition he will be providing exhibits showing appropriate clothing for cycling and many others.

There will be a display of old bicycles dating back to the 1950s and earlier as well as Police advice on cycle safety.

Literature will also be available with reference cycle routes and paths throughout Scotland. The organisers have pulled out all the stops to cover as many aspects as possible on cycling safety.

Also included in the packed programme will be exhibits of a bicycle which is unsafe for use compared to one which is, displays on Road Signage with advice on cycling abroad and on group cycling safety.

Event risk assessment forms as required by Angus Council and details of the ‘Country Access Code’ from Scottish Natural Heritage will also be available.

On the evening following the event commencing at 7 pm will be a Rotary Casino evening, all welcome.

Those interested in attending the cycling awareness day are asked to contact Mr Robin Wardhaugh, sports convener at Forfar Rotary Club, e-mail robin.wardhaugh@btinternet.com or telephone (01307) 465324 after 6 pm.