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Feast for cycleheads at Sunday’s Bikefest

An annual festival held this Sunday will celebrate everything to do with bikes.

An annual festival held this Sunday will celebrate everything to do with bikes.

Bikefest, hosted by Mountain Equipment Co-op, started last year as a three-hour event on the grounds of Immaculata High School. Hundreds of people attended.

Running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the second annual event has moved to a larger, more central location at LeBreton Flats just off the Ottawa River Parkway to accommodate more people.

Organizations, including MEC, Re-Cycles and Tommy & Lefebvre will be offering free bike tune-ups on site.

“This is a great opportunity to have bike maintenance done or learn how to do a tune-up,” said festival co-ordinator Nicki Mosley.

Attendees will likewise get a chance to watch a bike mechanic build a bike from scratch.

There will also be safe cycling workshops, focusing on road safety and safety gear and a workshop on better biking techniques, which will focus on technical skills for mountain bike riders.

Furthermore there will be a learn-to-ride unicycle workshop in the morning and a unicycle trials competition starting at 1 p.m., a bike-gear swap and a kids’ zone.

“The world of urban biking is expanding and commuting by bicycle is becoming more popular for people as environmental consciousness elevates,” said Mosley. “...with Gatineau Park so close and the bike path so accessible, this is a fantastic city for cycling.”

 
 
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