Baby Emily gets the cycling bug at an early age

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Friday 4 June 2010

04 June 2010

Baby Emily gets the cycling bug at an early age

Primary schoolteacher Chris Auton is planning to introduce his baby daughter to the joys of cycling at an early age - after winning a £225 bike trailer in a competition.

Chris, who lives in Eckington with his wife Nicola and five-week-old daughter Emily, won the Burley Bee trailer in a competition after signing up to the Pedal Peak District website at

The website is designed to encourage more people to go cycling in the national park and then make cycling a regular part of their life.

Chris and Emily Auton - Pedal Peak District competition winners

Pedal Peak District is run by the Peak District National Park Authority and supported by Cycling England and the Department of Transport. The project particularly aims to encourage people who have never cycled or haven’t done so for a long time.

Chris said: “I heard about the Pedal Peak District project to get more people cycling and decided to sign up.

“I was surprised but really chuffed when I found out I had won. Initially I was offered a bike but I saw a trailer and thought that would be ideal for taking my daughter Emily out in as you can strap her in securely.”

As well as taking Emily out for her first cycling experience Chris is now planning to start cycling to work for the first time, making the 10-mile journey from his home in Eckington to Grassmoor Primary School in Chesterfield, where he teaches.

Chris said: “I want to start cycling to work so I’m also planning to use the trailer to carry my books and work in.

“On the Pedal Peak District website you can log your journeys and it tells you how much CO2 you have saved by cycling instead of using the car.

“I’m really looked forward to getting out on my bike this summer and using the trailer.”

Pedal Peak District is running courses to give people the opportunity to try cycling or learn bike maintenance or confidence. Details of events can be found by visiting the website at or by emailing

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