Reprinted from Newsletter 96, dated 2000 July–August

Longest ride on the longest day: National Cycle Network opens

A group of people on bicycles smile and look at the camera. They are in strong sunlight, and many of them are wearing t-shirts reading “longest ride; national cycle network”.

Presenting a plaque to Mayor Janice White where national Route 3 passes the Town Hall was one of thousands of events taking place around the country to open the first 5,000 miles of National Cycle Network — a millennium project. A Sustrans party pedalled the stretch from Bristol to Bridgwater with banners flying on June 21.