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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 June, 2004, 08:13 GMT 09:13 UK
Festival celebrates pedal power
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The festival aims to show people that cycling can be fun
The benefits of getting on your bike in London are being shown at a festival in Trafalgar Square.

BikeFest in the Square aims to get more people interested in one of the quickest and cheapest ways to get around the city.

A BMX stunt show, tandem riding lessons and a Bollywood dance piece on bikes are all part of the festival organised by Transport for London(TfL).

The event kicks off National Bike Week which takes place from 12 to 20 June.

Cycling enables people to have fun, get fit and feel free
Nick Harvey, Bike Week co-ordinator
"Cycling makes sense as part of city-life," said TfL's managing director of surface transport Peter Hendy.

"The average four-mile journey in central London takes just 22 minutes by bike."

He added that cyclists are also able to park for free and do not have to pay the congestion charge.

Bike Week co-ordinator, Nick Harvey, said: "BikeFest in the Square is a great new flagship event for Bike Week and Londoners can look forward to more than 100 other events and organised rides during the week.

"Cycling enables people to have fun, get fit and feel free, especially in the capital where the number of people riding bikes is rising faster than anywhere else in the UK."

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