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Cycle the solar system!

This ride took place as part of Manchester Science Festival!

Participants today joined artist Nick Sayers and astronomer Megan Argo for a three-mile cycle ride along the Loop, exploring our solar system at a scale of 1:1,000,000,000 (one to a billion).  Installations representing the solar system had been set out on the Loop from Chorlton-cum-Hardy to Fallowfield; rides took place in the morning and afternoon, and “planet minders” showed off the respective planets at their measured-out sites.  The riders were able to learn about and appreciate the very different sizes and environments of the Sun, eight planets and asteroid belt and become more familiar with our neighbourhood in space!  Nick wrote afterwards, “A massive solar-system-sized thank-you to all who worked on the project.  It went so much better than I ever anticipated. You’re all complete stars!”  Permanent solar markers along the Loop have been suggested as a follow-up!

Cycle the solar system

Cycle the solar system: (c) Nick Sayers 2015

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Halloween Kidical Mass

Halloween Kidical Mass

Following the success of the first Kidical Mass ride on the Loop a few weeks previously, this was another family bicycle ride, but this time with a Halloween theme!  Once again, there were feeder rides to the start point and the ride was a great success, with similar numbers turning out. Congratulations to Giselle and Lorenza for their organisation of this!

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Kidical Massive Family Ride!

On Saturday 19th September 2015 the world celebrated family-friendly cycling through the event “Kidical Massive“. Members of the Friends of the Fallowfield Group wanted to be part of this fantastic initiative and got together to organise our very own Manchester Kidical Massive ride, along our traffic-free Fallowfield Loop. On the day, assisted by perfect September weather – warm and dry – 30 children and their families came together to enjoy this friendly and fun ride!

The ride left the Loop’s Ladybarn entrance at around 2pm and reached The Quadrant in Levenshulme and Highfield Country Park where riders enjoyed a picnic pitstop. The 1.5-mile ride enabled many children to pedal under their own steam!

The Kidical Massive ride was also enabled by the opening of the barriers along the Fallowfield Loop. Many bikes of all shapes and size were thus able to take part. Two feeder rides were led from Alexandra Park and from Platt Fields Park, and many more users were able to enjoy an accessible Fallowfield Loop from morning till dusk.

The Manchester Kidical Massive ride was one of 5 events in the UK, with many more across the world. Road.cc shares more details on this here.

The great photos of the ride below are from Manchester Friends of the Earth, and these and more pictures can be seen on the Flickr account of Manchester Friends of the Earth.

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Local volunteers have organised a family-friendly ride to be part of Kidical Massive, a global event which will see rides taking place all over the world!  For more see details please see our Events page or the Facebook page for the event https://www.facebook.com/events/405242416342064/ – and please spread the word!

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Join the Friends for a relaxed bike ride this Sunday (30th August 2015) taking in three canals and two football grounds!  See our Events page here for more details.

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Loop and canals bicycle ride

A reminder that the Friends will be leading an easy-paced ride of about 15 miles on Sunday 5th August 2012, taking in 3 canals, 2 football grounds and an unusual route under Manchester City Centre! Please see our events page for further information.

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This ride (part of Bike Week) will be about 15 miles long and go from the Fallowfield Loop along the Trans Pennine Trail, taking in the Mersey Valley, to the Reddish Vale Country Park (where there’s a small café, or bring a picnic), and return along the Fallowfield Loop.  All welcome!  Meeting times for joining the ride are:

  • 10 a.m. Sainsbury’s car park, Fallowfield
  • 10.30 a.m. Chorlton Water Park (by the wardens’ office)

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