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Cycling toward sustainability
As part of Bike Week 2008 (14-22 June), cyclists from all over Wales will be riding to a rally in Cardiff. Youth, cycling and environmental groups, including the Welsh Youth Forum on Sustainable Development (WYFSD), Scouts and Grwp Beic Aberystwyth, are promoting the ride, which in mid-Wales will start on Wednesday 18 June, finishing in Cardiff on the Saturday.
En route, cyclists will stop off to find out about local environmental campaigns. In Merthyr Tydfil, for example, cyclists will meet Residents Against Ffos-y-Frân, the environmentally-disastrous open-cast coal mine.
Riders also intend linking up with peer groups along the way to discuss promoting cycling as a viable way of getting to work and school - a healthy and sustainable means of transport that is also seriously fun! The goal is to involve as many cyclists as possible from across Wales and to converge on the Senedd.
Riders want to lobby the Welsh Assembly Government to invest more and promote cycling, not just as a leisure or sports activity, but as an everyday means of transport.