Kirkdale based cycle training organisation BikeRight! has announced a fun urban triathlon to encourage people from across Liverpool to use sustainable, healthy forms of transport in their daily lives.
But rather than the traditional swim-run-cycle format, the Choose Freedom triathlon uses walk-train-cycle to highlight the different ways of getting around.
The first ever Tri-Freedom Challenge takes place on Wednesday 4th September. The activity will commence at 11am with a walk starting at Breckfield and North Everton Neighbourhood Council. After a 1.5 mile walk participants will then take the train from Sandhills Station to Waterloo Station (travel pass will be supplied by BikeRight!) before embarking on the third leg of triathlon – a 4 mile circular from Crosby Lakeside Activity Centre. Bikes and helmet will be provided.
Entry to the triathlon is free for anyone in Liverpool and people are encouraged to enter individually or as part of a team. There will be spot prizes throughout the day, a travel quiz, goodies and give-aways. Participants will also receive complementary refreshments at the end of the triathlon.
The Tri-Freedom Challenge has been devised by BikeRight! to encourage people to find new sustainable ways of getting round north Liverpool – to improve health and increase employment opportunities. The Tri-Freedom Challenge is expected to attract in excess of fifty participants. It forms part of Liverpool City Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund programme, which is fully funded by the Department for Transport.
Jo Somerset, Director of BikeRight! said: “Over the last year our Choose Freedom project has supported 40 people into employment in Everton and Kirkdale alone. We have supplied financial aid to local businesses to build bike shelters for staff. Our programme of summer events has encouraged hundreds of residents to try cycling and walking. Travel activities have shown people how easy it is to get to work or college outside their local area – across the water or even as far as Chester.
“We hope that the triathlon will be a fun way to engage with even more people in North Liverpool, encouraging them to make smarter travel choices to improve their health and employment opportunities.’
BikeRight! is responsible for many innovative projects in Merseyside working with businesses and residents to encourage safe cycling to promote wellbeing and improved employment opportunities .
Their Choose Freedom project in North Liverpool encourages residents of Everton and Kirkdale to get on their bikes and enjoy the freedom, savings, health benefits and increased job opportunities afforded by cycling and walking.