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The long-awaited Village Green exceeded our expectations as we enjoyed a fabulous day at the festival.
We had our very own ForwardMotion Village within the Village Green, dedicated to promoting active travel and supporting a healthier lifestyle. It was inspiring to talk to so many people about their journeys, with many already travelling actively and others who were keen to change the way they travel.
We were joined by the talented stars from Team Extreme, who put on an adrenaline-filled display of skateboard, scooter and skating stunts. Rollapaluza were there challenging people to a race on the static bikes, encouraging them to compete against friends and family for the winning title. While the North Shore Track gave people the opportunity to have a go at cycling on a raised platform, with challenging twists and turns to navigate.
It was great to unveil the active-travel inspired sculpture created by Nik Ramage, with help from local art students over a series of workshops in April. The sculpture was made out of recycled bikes, and festival goers had the chance to ride one of the bikes to get the sculpture moving. We’d like to say a massive thank you to Nik for creating the sculpture.
We would also like to thank local artist Lou Williams for designing the archway to the entrance of the ForwardMotion village. Using an assortment of ForwardMotion’s illustrations, Lou designed an archway that showcased all the different ways of travelling actively.