Families join pedal power celebrations

Visitors at the mobile skate park at the Ripon on Wheels event.  (140329M2d)
Visitors at the mobile skate park at the Ripon on Wheels event. (140329M2d)

Cycling, scootering and skateboarding were all celebrated when the first Ripon on Wheels event was held in the city.

There was fun for all the family at various venues across the city on Saturday, March 29, with activities staged at the Workhouse, Prison and Police, and Courthouse Museums, Ripon Library, and the Victoria Grove car park where there was a mobile skate park for scooter riders, BMXers and skaters.

The free event, which was organised by the Ripon Minster My Neighbourhood Project, included a Bobby on the Bike exhibition at the Prison and Police Museum looking at the story of police officers from the 1920s to the present day.

Other activities included Harrogate Borough Council’s Fit 4 Fun team leading a family bicycle ride, and a Trim Your Wheels competition in which bikes, prams, buggies and scooters were adorned with fancy decorations at the Workhouse Museum.

At the Courthouse Museum visitors were able to take part in a historic court case involving a horse and cart, while Ripon Library hosted a number of events, organised by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and North Yorkshire Police, promoting cycle safety and security including free bike marking with PCSO Dan Arthur of Ripon police.

At Ripon Community House, there was free cycle maintenance advice as well as a Balanceability activity in which Harrogate Borough Council’s Sports Development Team provided youngsters with free learn to cycle taster sessions throughout the day.

Ripon on Wheels also featured performances by the city’s Red Triangle Drama Group.