Rain and cold weather didn’t keep people away from our three active travel roadshow events in March. A big thank you to everyone who came along to the events and helped make them such a success.
Our first roadshow took place on Thursday 15 March in Basildon town centre. Despite a rainy start to the day, the public were eager to talk to us, with the Rollapaluza static bike racing being particularly popular. It was great to discover that many people were already using different forms of travel other than the car.
The sun was shining for our Southend roadshow, which was held on Thursday 22 March. Dr Bike was busy bike tagging and performing maintenance checks for free, while Arriva and c2c were giving people pubic transport advice. The ACE Lifestyle team provided members of the public with free health checks and Cycles UK had a selection of their bikes for show. Hear Essex helped promote the event and TOWIE’s James Lock was present too! He challenged people to static bike races, went on the smoothie bike, and had a health check from the ACE Lifestyle team.
The rain and cold didn’t stop people coming to Grays town centre on Wednesday 28 March. We were also joined by Ensign Bus who provided public transport advice. Our ‘Win a Bike’ competition proved a big hit with attendees.
Over the three events, the SEAT team created over 130 Personalised Travel Plans for people who were interested in walking, cycling and taking public transport instead of using a car. Many of them went away committed to trying the alternative transport options available to them. We also had lots of people sign up for bespoke cycle training and Simply Stride’s walking workshops.
The roadshow events were organised by Iain Banks, SEAT’s Travel Engagement Manager. Commenting on the events, Iain said:
SEAT’s Travel Engagement manager, Iain Banks, had this to say about the roadshow events:
“It was great that so many people were engaging with us and were keen to find out more about active travel. The roadshows got people thinking about the journeys they could make by walking, cycling, and taking the train or bus instead of using a car. We look forward to organising more events like this in the future.
I would like to thank all the organisations who made the roadshow events possible. These were: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Essex County Council, Thurrock Council, South Essex College, c2c, Arriva, First Bus, ACE Lifestyle, Eastgate Shopping Centre, The Royals Shopping Centre, Southend BID, The Bagelry, The Comfy Saddle, Dr Bike, Rollapaluza, Cycles UK, Ensign Bus, Love Grays, Motionhub, Heart Essex, and Kiwi Productions.”