A TOP South West attraction is supporting national Bike Week to encourage people to switch to cycling as a healthier and more environmentally-friendly form of transport.
Bike Week runs from June 13-21 and is the biggest nationwide cycling event with more than half a million people expected to participate.
Puxton Park, outside Weston-super-Mare, is backing the event by inviting visitors to get on their bike and ride to the attraction throughout the week.
It is also hosting a wheels day, on June 19, with scooters and bikes permitted in the park and will promote cycling safety with free Halfords bike checks on June 20, from 11am-2pm.
Staff will also be encouraged to take part by cycling to work and will take part in charity relay rides on an exercise bike to travel the distance from Lands’ End to John O Groats.
Proceeds from the charity ride will be donated to Puxton’s chosen charity, The Harvey Hext Appeal which is raising funds for potentially lifesaving treatment for Harvey Hext.
Harvey, aged seven, has Neuroblastoma- an aggressive childhood cancer with limited UK treatment options and therefore funds raised will help towards overseas medical care.
Puxton’s Alistair Mead said: “The aim of Bike Week is to demonstrate the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling and make people realise how easy it is for cycling to become part of our daily routines.
“We are challenging visitors to support this annual the event by leaving their cars at home and visiting us on their bikes, whilst also helping us to raise money for charity.”