Ride the Change stop off in Preston during epic London to Glasgow cycle to mark COP26

Posted on - 8th November, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston News, Wildlife and Conservation
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Climate Action Preston activists played host to 85 cyclists and 7 support crew from Ride the Change.


Their stop off was midway through their epic Climate Cycling marathon from London to Glasgow for COP26.

The cyclists arrived at Preston Sports Club in South Meadow Lane on the evening of October 27 for a welcome break, a hot vegan meal and a chance to exchange cycling stories and moments from the journey.

Climate Action Preston’s team worked closely with Preston Sports Club in South Meadow Lane to organise the event against a tight timescale.

The cyclists were impressed by Preston’s smooth cycle routes as they rode along some of the Guild Wheel to the overnight stop – as part of the welcome, cyclists were given a free Wellness Pack.

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Julie Ridley, of Climate Action Preston said: “Meeting the COP26 cyclists meant we got to meet some awesome people taking direct action to show how important cycling is in fighting climate change and reducing emissions, a message that resonates strongly with Climate Action Preston’s cycling campaign this year.”

Stopping off in Preston was a welcome break for the cyclists

The riders were also greeted by representatives from Sustrans, Friends of the Guild Wheel, the City of Sanctuary and Preston City Council Leader Matthew Brown, joined by Deputy Mayor Councillor Neil Derby and Councillor Carol Henshaw, cabinet member for climate change. ​

Ellie Mackay from the organisers, Adventure Uncovered said: “They not only fed us but provided the space for some fascinating talks and discussions – sharing what Preston is doing to combat the climate emergency, plus enlightening us with more about the amazing Preston Guild Wheel.”

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