New South Shields bike park is on the right track

From left Thomas Maskell fron Sustrans, Mayoress Stella Mathewson, Doug Worley, Sports Programme officer and Mayor Coun Fay Cunningham.
From left Thomas Maskell fron Sustrans, Mayoress Stella Mathewson, Doug Worley, Sports Programme officer and Mayor Coun Fay Cunningham.

People across South Tyneside are being given a helping hand to turn to pedal power with the launch of a new bike park.

Sustrans opened its third Go Smarter Centre at Temple Park in South Shields at the weekend.

We hope this wonderful new bike facility at Temple Park will help to encourage more people to get out and about.

Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Fay Cunningham

The joint venture with South Tyneside Council’s sports development team aims to encourage more people to use more active, greener and healthier ways of getting out and about.

The bike park was opened with activities for visitors including a bike obstacle course, bike orienteering, multi-sports and bike security marking by police.

Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, who officially launched the park said: “Cycling is not only an environmentally-friendly way to travel, it is a healthier alternative to using the car and appeals to people young and old.

“We hope this new bike facility at Temple Park Centre will help to encourage more people to get out and about, get active and enjoy all the benefits of cycling.

Activities at the bike park will continue with learn to ride/stabiliser free sessions today at 11am, noon and 1pm; a family bike ride tomorrow at 10.30am til 3pm and a drop-in maintenance session on Thursday 11am til 3pm.

Sustrans’ Neil Mitchell said: “We’ll be running a full programme of fun, social activities as the centre develops to encourage local people to get out and about and be more active.

“There will also be lots of opportunities for people to help out on a volunteer basis, learning new skills as they support the project.”

For information call Sustrans on 0191 261 6160.