Saddle up for Gravesend Rotary Club On Your Bike event

PUBLISHED: 09:23 01 March 2018

Gravesham Mayor, councillor Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi sounds the horn to start the 26th annual 'On Your Bike' ride at The Promenade, Gravesend, on Sunday.

Gravesham Mayor, councillor Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi sounds the horn to start the 26th annual 'On Your Bike' ride at The Promenade, Gravesend, on Sunday.


It’s one of the best organised cycle events in the south east, and more riders are welcome to join.

That’s the message from the organisers of the 32nd annual On Your Bike event.

Run by the Gravesend Rotary Club, it sees around 750 budding cyclists getting on their bikes to take part in three routes.

A spokesman for the club said: “This is hailed as the best sponsored cycle ride in the south east, and is the perfect opportunity to raise some money for a fantastic cause.”

One of the organisers is Mandy Garford, who is also chairwoman of the National Autistic Society Dartford and Gravesham, and a Stone parish councillor.

She told us: “This event has run for 32 years and just gets better.

“There is an amazing atmosphere as riders set off with riders of all abilities and all ages.”

Speaking for Dartford and Gravesham Cycling forum, Mandy said: “We have a vision to make Dartford and Gravesham cycle friendly areas and to get more people cycling.

“We wholeheartedly support the On Your Bike and encourage anyone to get involved.

“There is a great atmosphere and all for a great cause and a brilliant way get out in the open and keep fit.

“There is also a consultation about an excellent cycle route from Cyclopark to the Cycle hub, so riders can have a say before March 4.

“A safe cycle route provides a healthy alternative transport for adults and children in Gravesham.”

She added: “In the areas of Dartford and Gravesham it’s important that we look at and promote alternative methods of transport. Cycling is an efficient and enjoyable mode of transport for everyday travel and leisure. Dartford and Gravesham Cycling Forum want to promote cycling and ensure that we have safe routes to use.”

On Your Bike is being staged on Sunday April 15, and Gravesend Rotary Club said it is aiming to have 1,000 riders setting off this year, all raising money for Ellenor Hospice, which will be the main beneficiary. Mandy said: “You can sign up through the website and your number will be sent through the post.”

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