All set for cycle festival on 15 August 2021

The Reading Cycle Festival, which was held online in 2020 because of the pandemic, will be back outdoors in mid-August.

We’re lining up a whole lot of new events and exhibitors to reflect the growing interest in cycling for leisure as well as transport.

The venue will be Christchurch Meadows alongside the Thames River, where we held the festival in 2019.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be filling in the details of a great programme and will keep you posted via these pages as well as social media.

Get in touch by emailing us at readingcyclefestival@gmail.com if you want to take part either as exhibitor or volunteer.

How to apply for ‘School Streets’ status

The idea of School Streets – the closure of roads at school gates during the school run – is gaining momentum. Here’s your handy guide to setting one up for your school.

Mother in bid for first ‘School Street’ in Reading

A Reading mother is mobilising residents, parents and head teachers to support the establishment of the town’s first ‘School Street’, where traffic is blocked off during drop-off and collection times.

Reading rider sets off on 2000 km enduro race

Reading’s endurance rider Anisa Aubin set off on her 2000 km race from Lands End to John O’Groats on 1 August 2020, carrying most of what she needs with her. 

Follow her progress: https://gbduro20.maprogress.com/

We went digital from 13-17 July

We couldn’t hold our festival in the sunshine, so we went online. Thanks to everyone who tuned into the webinars, panellists, partners and supporters.

If you missed sessions or want to watch them again you’ll find recordings below.

Keep pedalling after the pandemic

Local clubs offer advice for new cyclist who want to keep going or to take things to another level.

YouTube Watch again

Is an e-bike for me? See some options

Rob Bowen from AW Cycles walks you round the shop to show you different e-bikes and explains how you might use them.

Facebook Watch again

Your transport chief outlines strategy

Reading’s transport chief Cris Butler talks about the town’s strategy and changes to mobility brought on by Covid-19.

Facebook Watch again

Pushing for liveable streets

Oxfordshire campaigners evaluate progress in their quest to achieve more pleasant neighbourhoods through design.

Crowdcast Watch again

How not to take cycling too seriously

Helen goes on crazy adventures inspired by maps and place names – such as her trip from Ham to Sandwich.

YouTube Watch again

What does upright riding do for you?

Does their style of riding make the Dutch different? The filmmaker of Why We Cycle examines cycling in the Netherlands.

Youtube Watch again

How Anisa gears up for long distance

Anisa Aubin talks about physical, mental and mechanical preparation needed for her ultra long distance races.

Crowdcast Watch again

Cycling in a time of Covid-19

London campaigner Simon Munk urges local activists to press their case.

Crowdcast Watch again

Join a friendly group ride near you

Joyce Martindale tells you about friendly, women-only group rides for you.

Crowdcast Watch again

Festival partners

Check out some all-year cycling resources

Learn to ride

It’s easiest for children to pick up the skills to ride but it’s never too late to learn.

Fix your bike

You can get help to mend your bicycle, or you can get somebody to do it.


Save the planet and some money by getting yourself to work by bike.

Ride for sport

Check out resources on mountain biking, BMX, road cycling and touring.

About Us

Festival organisers are volunteers keen to see more people using sustainable travel options.

Get In Touch

Email the festival organisers: readingcyclefestival@gmail.com

Join us

We would value your help in organising the festival. Please get in touch if you have something to offer.