Creative wheels in motion for Usk

Monmouthshire County Council in partnership with Usk Town Council is to build on last year’s highly successful cycling project. The Great Usk Bike Off will run once again this summer and will feature brightly decorated cycles displayed around the town during the approach and aftermath of the Velothon, to be held on Sunday, 8th July. The Bike Off will help promote Usk as a cycling destination to visitors all year round as well as participants and spectators on the day of the Velothon itself.
Residents, organisations and businesses are invited to decorate their own bikes (or bike wheels if they don’t want to do a whole bike) and display them from 1st May to 31st August. Care should be taken to place bikes safely to avoid obstruction and materials used should be weather-proof for outdoor displays.
Certificates and prizes will be awarded to the best bike celebrating Usk, the best business bike, the best community group bike, the best comical bike, the best living bike (using real plants or flowers), the best arts & crafts bike and the best bike in age categories 10 and under as well as 11 to 16.
People without bikes can access a supply specially held by the town council, available for collection at the Sessions House on Maryport Street from 10am to 12noon on Saturday 14th April and 4pm to 7pm on Thursday 19th April. Some of last year’s bikes will be offered for upcycling again and depending on demand more will be provided from the council’s waste and recycling centres.
Competition entry forms are available from the Sessions House or Usk Community Hub, or by downloading from the Usk Town Council website: www.usktown.org/ – entry forms must be returned to the Sessions House or Usk Community Hub by 2pm on Friday 1st June.
Speaking on behalf of Usk Town Council, Councillor Isobel Brown commented: “Usk is looking forward to the decorated bikes back around the town this summer. They created a lot of enjoyment and interest last year both within the community and with visitors, as well as signalling to cyclists that we are striving to be a cycle-friendly place with lots of great routes within easy reach as well as plenty of lovely pubs, cafes and coffee shops to fuel up in before and after rides. The competition adds a new dimension this year and we are eagerly waiting to see the outcome of the creativity that will be bound to be shown in each of the categories”.
Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for tourism and leisure, Councillor Bob Greenland said: “Last year’s Usk Bike Off proved very popular, captured the imagination, and drew the community together. It went a long way to develop the town’s reputation as a centre that welcomes cyclists in a beautiful setting with accessible routes on its doorstep for beginners and seasoned campaigners.”
For more information about the Usk Bike Off 2018 contact:
Councillor Isobel Brown on email: izzy.brown59@googlemail.com