101 Bicyclettes

You don’t have to be a keen cyclist to get involved in the sporting spectacle of 2014 – the Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

The Harrogate district is pulling out all the stops to celebrate this huge event with everything from Pedal Power beer to Peloton themed events.

But now there is chance to get involved in a fantastic art project to celebrate the 101st Tour de France as it comes through the district on 5 and 6 July.

Harrogate Borough Council Parks Team has set up 101 Bicyclettes. The aim is to have 101 decorated bicycles around the district and to get as many people involved as possible both by decorating a bike and by using social media to say they have seen the bikes and uploading photos to Twitter or Facebook.

You can use public open space, your garden, a building or a shop frontage, gate post or garden wall and decoration can be anything from paint to waterproof fabric to lights. Or why not plant your bike in seasonal bedding? The choice is entirely yours. Just remember, you’ll want your bike to stand the test of time outdoors and to be in tip top shape for 5 and 6 July.

Councillor Pat Jones, the council’s Cabinet Member for Cultural Services, said: We have had fantastic support for our *Tour de Bunting knitted jersey project and we are hoping for a similar success with 101 Bicylettes.

We have 60 people signed up so far who will decorate and display bikes and the full list can be seen at www.harrogate.gov.uk/pos/Pages/101Bicyclettes.aspx

So we need another 41 to go as wild and as creative as they like to help us decorate our streets for the thousands of visitors who will be coming to watch the Tour. It gives us an unprecedented opportunity to get together and enjoy what is the world’s biggest free festival and it is coming right to our doorsteps.

Share your progress and your sightings:

Facebook: 101bicyclettes

Twitter: 101Bespoke

Knitted bunting – Over 23,000 little knitted jerseys have been sent in from as far afield as Australia, Bermuda, Canada and Hong Kong. These will start going up around the district at the end of May.

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