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Watch: Cycling UK gets local riders on board for film about Bike Week

Joseph Delves
6 Jun 2017

Rediscover the bicycle, or help others get rolling during Bike Week: 10th-18th June

Ahead of National Bike Week amateur actors and cyclists from Dorset have helped make a film to promote the event. They balanced on their bikes in front of a green screen to create a cartoon style film which aims to help people rediscover the joy of cycling.

Working with the charity Cycling UK, the film’s makers put out a video casting call, and within three days were overwhelmed with 61,000 views and over 400 applications to take part.

Beginning with the question ‘remember that first bike ride you went on with a friend?’ the aim of the short film, which blends live action with animation, is to encourage people to dig out the bikes that might be lying neglected in their sheds and get cycling.

Discussing how they made the film, its creators explained: ‘We needed both the bike wheels to spin in front of the green screen in order for the animation to appear as though the contributors were really cycling.

'To overcome this, we built a custom made rig that held the bike stationary and stable whilst both wheels moved.’

Organisers Cycling UK describe Bike Week as ‘an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging everyday cycling for everyone.

'Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work or school, the local shops or just to visit friends.’

First held by the Cyclists’ Touring Club in 1923, last year half a million cyclists took part in over 1,000 events around the country.

This year’s Bike Week takes place 10th-18th June. To find events in your area visit bikeweek.org.uk

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