On Sunday 3 September we ran a bigger, better version of last year’s Try-a-Bike area at Palmers Green Festival. It was a LOT of fun!

Despite the increasingly miserable weather, loads of people pitched up to try the various bikes on offer. At one point it was raining properly, but half a dozen people were still riding around gleefully.

Rain is not putting this family off trying the cargo bike

The trio tandem proved very popular…

And for a less adventurous (and cheaper) solution to transporting kids, there was a trailer to try.

The hand cycle was very popular with kids, for some reason, of all ages.

One very big kid enjoying the hand cycle! – but real kids loved it too

The idea was to show the public the range of available bikes for all ages and abilities, and that bikes can be practical for everything from carrying children to doing the food shopping. It was lovely to see people discover bikes they didn’t even know existed.

A trike we borrowed from Bush Hill Park’s inclusive cycling scheme

The event was run as a partnership between community groups Better Streets and Enfield Cycling campaign, Enfield Council (we borrowed their inclusive bikes) and Bike Boutique in Winchmore Hill, who provided some Frog bikes and lots of expert help. This joint business-community-council venture went so well, we are thinking of doing it more than once a year. Watch this space – and if you know of any outdoor events where a try-a-bike space would be welcome, let us know.

Well done to all our volunteers. Here’s how Claire Brady brought her stuff to the festival!