You might not think of a summer music festival as an opportunity to do your bit for the environment. However, with many UK festivals encouraging punters to use their bikes to get to the site, it seems that this year you can start a guilt-free party from the minute you leave home.
While many festivals, including Womad and Green Man, have supported eco-friendly transport methods by offering free or low-cost lock up facilities for bikes and other valuables, those travelling to Bestival (6th-9th September in Isle of Wight) or to Latitude (12-15th July in Suffolk) can now join groups of riders ratcheting up their eco-brownie points while their baggage travels in a single vehicle that will greet them upon arrival.
Both schemes also offer the opportunity to raise money for charity, with Bike to Bestival gathering funds for Cancer Research and each Tour de Latitude participant being required to raise £350 to cover the cost of registration, support, logistics, a weekend festival ticket, a £60 donation to Kenyan Orphan Project and a £20 donation to Julie’s Bicycle.
Both rides are open to all standards of rider and the focus is on making new friends, using your legs and having a clear eco-conscience. You can start your ride to Latitude from three different points, either 113 miles from your destination, in Hackney, London, 55 miles away in Sudbury, or just 35 miles away in Ipswich. The whole route is signposted with bike mechanics, cycle guides and emergency response on hand throughout, not to mention free food and, when the festival is over, a bus ticket and bike transfer that’ll take you right back to where you started.