Keeping Hounslow Safe Event
22 July 2022
With the sun beaming down upon us, Hounslow residents got to enjoy and learn about the significance of community safety through the ‘The Keeping Hounslow Safe’ event and its many activities. The event occurred on Saturday within Hounslow High Street and was hosted in collaboration between Hounslow Council and the Watermans Art Centre, as part of the Creative People and Places programme.
Aiming to get the community’s wheels in motion , residents got the amazing opportunity to witness the extravaganza that is a performance from the Bicycle Ballet team, with their recital devoted to the ‘celebration of the dance that is cycling’. In relation, the team of mechanics from Dr Bike were on site to offer free minor repairs to residents bikes, to reassure road safety is maintained on our roads and active travel is thoroughly encouraged.
To keep residents refreshed and hydrated under the glistening sunlight, there was even a smoothie bike available , whereby residents had to show off their best peddling abilities, in order receive a fruity refreshment as a reward after a hard day’s work of labour. Cllr Dunne even got the chance to pay a visit and have go at making a smoothie. For our keener cyclists, who wished to show off further peddling skills, there was a family ride that began from Hounslow Town Centre, hosted by Hounslow Cycling Campaign. For residents who wished to find out more about the cycling/active travel and road safety initiatives occurring throughout the borough such as the Try Before You Bike scheme, and adult group cycle training sessions happening every week, the Transport Planning and Road Safety Team from the council were at hand to provide assistance and promote the fantastic opportunities available.
Family ride participants getting ready to set off for their ride.
As well as the bike-themed bonanza, residents had their say about crime prevention and safety, and got involved in a poster-making workshop with ArtJar and the Community Safety Team from the council. Community safety officers from the Metropolitan Police were also available to help with further enquiries from residents, as well as offer free car seat checks and bike markings.
To find out more about the cycling initiatives occurring throughout the borough, including finding out where the next Dr Bike session will be held, please head to www.hounslow.gov.uk/CycleHounslow