A striking range of fashionable and practical ladies cycling clothing will hit the catwalk during a fashion show taking place at The Galleria Outlet Shopping Centre in Hatfield this Sunday (28 June 2015).The range has been designed by local college students in order to inspire more women and girls into cycling.

The ‘Cycling has never looked so good’ fashion show takes place at 12noon, 1pm and 2pm on the upper shopping level by the escalators.Members of the public are invited to attend the free show and get information and advice about the benefits and accessibility of cycling, particularly for women.

The event has been organised by Hertfordshire County Council as part of the Summer of Cycling programme of events, which coincide with the international Women’s Tour.

Talented fashion students from Oaklands College and North Hertfordshire College have designed the 25 garments that will be exclusively launched at the show.

Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Localism and Libraries, Teresa Heritage, who will be attending the event, said: “The benefits of physical activity on our health and wellbeing cannot be underestimated and we want to do everything we can to encourage people of all ages to get out and about to explore the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside.

“As well as being great fun and a real mood-booster, cycling can help us to keep fit and improve our quality of life.There are dedicated traffic-free routes throughout Hertfordshire that make this a great activity for the whole family.We’re hoping that this fashion show will really shine a spotlight on cycling for women and encourage them to give it a go.”

Lindsey Day, school travel plan advisor, is organising the event.She said: “I have been very impressed with the passion and commitment that the young people have exhibited.We know that many women are put off cycling by the popularity of lycra outfits, so this is a wonderful showcase for innovative, practical and stylish designs for the future.

“There are many ways to get involved on Sunday, including supporting local Broxbourne Charity Teens Unite, which was founded by fashion designer Karen Millen, OBE.”

For more information and a selection of free downloadable maps please visit www.hertscycling.com

For more information about other health initiatives in Hertfordshire, please visit www.hertsdirect.org/healthinherts

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