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Cranbrook gears up for Tour of Britain

By August 16, 2018January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates



Young people across Cranbrook have brought new meaning to the term ‘recycling’ by creating an eye-catching and colourful town-wide public art display from old bikes.

In all 14 bikes have been painted, decorated and placed around the town – and now visitors are being challenged to find them all.

The bikes have been decorated by members of the Cranbrook Youth Group, Youth Genesis and students from Cranbrook Education Campus and St Martin’s Primary School, with each bike painted in the colours of one of the competing teams.

It’s all part of preparations for when the Tour of Britain comes to town in just a few weeks’ time.

Stage 2 of the race will take place on Monday 3 September and start in Cranbrook, the first time a national sporting event has come to the town.

The race covers 174km (108miles) of stunning countryside across East Devon, Mid Devon and North Devon and finishes in the historic estuary town of Barnstaple.

It is hosted by Devon County Council, supported by East Devon District Council and North Devon Council and working with Cranbrook Town Council and Barnstaple Town Council.

The network of bikes has been delivered by Sustrans and its Active Travel to Schools project which works with teachers, parents and governors to encourage pupils and their families to cycle, scoot and walk to and from school.

The project is funded by Devon County Council as part of the Access Fund.