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Customised cycles ride through Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 13:18 12 August 2011

Riders prepare to head out on their unusual cycles

Riders prepare to head out on their unusual cycles

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Like a scene from a pedal powered Mad Max movie, more than 30 bicycles customised to every shape and size imaginable, set out on Saturday to conclude a month-long art project.

Organised by group Artlands, the ride, from St George Centre, Gravesend, to the new £8million Cyclopark, Wrotham Road, was the latest in a series of projects designed to promote the new facility and engage with the public.

Workshops led by artist Anna Best and supported by mechanics ran every Saturday in July to create the bizarre contraptions.

‘Amazing’

Fiona Boundy, curator and programme manager for Artlands, said: “The Cyclopark is this amazing new facility in north Kent and we really wanted to bring in an artist who would engage not just with the subject but also with the public.”

Anna added: “One of the things I noticed coming here was how few dedicated cycle lanes or paths there were, despite the park. This project will hopefully show there is a need for a path along the route we took.”

A second project, which will see an old-style wooden market house built in Central Park, Dartford, is proposed by Artlands in November.

Riding from the town centre, the group wove along Darnley Road, onto Dashwood Road, onto Haynes Road and then Lanes Avenue, cutting through to Coldharbour Road and the park.

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