Cycling event bids to promote active lifestyles

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Cyclists aim to complete the 4.5m (7.2km) route around Wolverhampton

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A cycling event is being held in Wolverhampton to promote active lifestyles and sustainable travel.

The bike ride, which is part of a worldwide cycling movement named Kidical Mass, will run from East Park to Molineux Stadium on Saturday.

More than 700 organisations have taken part in Kidical Mass - events that provide opportunities for children to safely cycle.

Former youth worker Sam Henry, who arranged the Wolverhampton event, said it would also celebrate the city's investment in cycle infrastructure.

"When I grew up, the bicycle changed my life. It was a tool to get away from my immediate surroundings," he said.

Mr Henry grew up in Birmingham and founded an organisation named No Limits to Health to get more people cycling in the West Midlands.

He said cycling provided physical and mental health benefits and had the potential to divert young people from crime.

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Sam Henry said cycling had the potential to divert young people from crime

Former professional cyclist Hugh Porter, who won Commonwealth Games gold in 1966, will set off the 4.5-mile (7.2km) ride on Saturday.

A range of activities including live performances, stalls, cycle skill sessions and bike repairs will also feature at the event.

Dave Viner, patron of No Limits to Health, described the event as a great way to celebrate and make the public aware of new cycling lanes.

"Every child deserves to be able to walk or cycle to school safely if they wish," he said.

"This is totally possible if all road users slow down and show respect to everyone."

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