A very gentle protest - Extinction Rebellion comes to Kingsbridge

Extinction Rebellion came to Kingsbridge today, invited by Kingsbridge Climate and Nature Network. 

The Cycle for the Planet group - credit Rich Fearon Photography

Nationally, Extinction Rebellion, which calls for greater action in the face of the climate crisis the world is facing, is organising protests to disrupt the bank holiday. Here in Kingsbridge, the town's own Extinction Rebellion group came together with the Kingsbridge Climate and Nature Network for a Cycle for the Planet event to draw attention to climate change and the benefits of healthy, carbon-free travel. 

The Cycle for the Planet event drew attention to climate change and the benefits of healthy, carbon-free travel

Around 60 cyclists, aged between five and 75-years-old took part in the ride, beginning and ending on the Quay in front of the bandstand. The group formed a 100m-long peloton, carrying flags, wearing patches and blowing whistles, with many more people in attendance on foot to show their support. 

The Cycle for the Planet group - credit Rich Fearon Photography

The bike ride was a colourful, occasionally noisy, fun and engaging action which aimed to encourage those around the Market Square and along the routes, to take much needed action to help address the Climate and Nature Emergency which Kingsbridge Town Council declared back in March this year.

The bike ride was a colourful, occasionally noisy, fun and engaging [call] to address the Climate and Nature Emergency

Alongside the "very gentle protest" as one onlooker described it, were E-XploreDevon from Churchstow and The Trading Post from Fore Steet, Kingsbridge, kindly supporting the event with displays of both electric and conventional bicycles, plus all the gear to go with them. 

The Cycle for the Planet group - credit Rich Fearon Photography

Rosa Hannaford, one of the organising team, said: "It was really successful, there was lots of feedback that people wanted to do it again, which was great. It was fun, engaging and a great day for the whole family, while getting across our important message. 

It was fun, engaging and a great day for the whole family, while getting across our important message

"People were also keen in making cycling a more utilised form of transport around town and throughout the South Hams."

The Cycle for the Planet group - credit Rich Fearon Photography

If you're interested in taking part in local campaigns and community-led responses to the climate and nature emergency, you can email Kingsbridge Climate and Nature Network on kbclimateandnature@gmail.com

If you're interested in making the South Hams more bicycle friendly, check out the work of the Primrose Trail group who are attempting to reopen the route of the old Primrose railway line from Kingsbridge to South Brent as a multi-use path. 

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