It was a while ago since I decided to have a go at planning a small event for Bikeweek. My chosen event was Birmingham Bikes in Bloom, which involved people coming together to decorate their bicycles with floral bling, followed by a short Traffic Free ride around Bournville and some essential Tea & Cake.
Coming up with the idea and getting all of the flowers and bling was easy and very enjoyable. Then came the registration, route planning and risk assessment. Taking all eventualities and all needs into consideration was a task. I had planned a ride of between 4 & 6 miles passing through Bournville & bits of Victoria Park. I rode the route once and thought it was fine, "No Problems here" Then I rode the route a 2nd time yesterday, and to my surprise pathways had grown over with thorny, spiky brambles etc.. This meant another trip on my bicycle with my garden clippers in my pannier to cut the brambles.
The day was the most enjoyable part and was everthing I expected and more. The weather forecast was reasonably good and we had a great turnout of 19 people in total. A mix of families and others. Not all people did the ride, but a majority decorated their bicycles, completed the 4 miles ride & returned for the social gathering & the essential Tea & Cake