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Grand Parade of Wheels takes to the Tooting roads!

Grand Parade of Wheels takes to the Tooting roads!

 


Transition Town Tooting (TTT) invite you to be a part of a people-powered wheeled celebration this summer by entering the Tour de Tooting on Sunday 3rd July.

Tour de Tooting will build on the conventional format of a cycle ride with an extra spin. It aims to combine fun, wellbeing, cycling, wheel mechanics, health and quieter, greener streets. Event organiser and co-founder of TTT, Lucy Neal explains:

“Wheels are a symbol of change. One of the greatest of human inventions and associated with independence and freedom. The Tour de Tooting creates opportunities to have fun with people of all ages and across all cultures to celebrate wheels of all sizes and uses. Combined with social connection, physical activity is increasingly recognised as a source not just of our health and happiness, but of a greener, safer, lower carbon world. Together, we can reinvent The Wheel!”

Richard Couldrey, TTT’s Co-Chair adds: “It’s logistically challenging to close roads for a Tour de France-style event, so we thought to pilot something this year, working with Tooting organisations and residents, to gauge people’s interest and enthusiasm for an expanded event in 2017.”

Starting at 2pm on Sunday 3rd July, the Grand Parade of Wheels will take to the road, consisting of “handmade, colourful, decorated, re-invented, buggies, trolleys, scooters, wheelchairs, rickshaws, penny farthings, tandems, bicycles and wheelbarrows”! The Parade finishes at Fishponds Fields for a collective ‘Sharing Picnic’. 

To find out more about the wheel decorating and bike workshops on June 4th, June 26th, July 1st and July 2nd, local cycle rides around the town and help needed in the run-up, see www.transitiontowntooting.co.uk.

The Route

Working in collaboration with Transport for London, Wandsworth Council, local police and Emergency Services, the route will begin from Franciscan Road, turn right into Totterdown Street then across Upper Tooting Road to Broadwater Road, Fishponds Road, Hebdon Road and into Fishponds Field.

For more information on Tour de Tooting, or to arrange interviews or attendance, please contact Malsara Thorne via transitiontowntooting@gmail.com

 

Transition Town Tooting (TTT) is a local community group broadly focusing on “Making Change in how we live, where we live in light of Climate Change”. TTT has grown with and within Tooting, collaborating with many local groups on diverse projects including; the award winning annual Tooting Foodival, Trashcatchers’ Carnival in 2010 that saw the opening of the High Street for the community, Tooting Community Garden, Outdoor Learning with Gatton School, Rooting in Tooting, quarterly Restart Parties and many more.

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