Hitchin’ a Ride (or Bummin’ a Ride in this case) is my post this week for WordPress Photo Challenge: Cherry on Top 

This statue marks the start of the TransPennine Cycling Trail in Southport. It is mounted high on a pole on the seafront so it is, in its own right, a “cherry on top”.

Thanks to the seagull we have a double portion of “cherries on top”.

Hitchin' a Ride Statue cyclist boy Southport

Hitchin’ a Ride ©HelenBushe 

The flat and scenic route alongside the beach is very popular with cyclists, and is the start of the Trans Pennine Trail, a cycle route running across the north of the country to Selby in North Yorkshire, through Hull and on to Hornsea on the east coast.

In June 2008, Cycling England announced Southport as one of the 11 new cycling towns. These 11 towns shared £47 million from the government to be spent solely on cycling schemes in the towns.[80] Southport’s Cycling Towns programme aims to encourage tourism and leisure cycling, create regeneration opportunities and significantly increase cycling to school.[81] There are now many cycle lanes in Southport and more are planned, to encourage cycling in the town. – Wikipedia


Here is a more earnest view of the cyclist:

Boy Racer statue Southport

Boy Racer ©HelenBushe


Amy · 27 July 2016 at 21:57

Cycling England is a brilliant idea! Great photos, Helen!

    HMB · 27 July 2016 at 22:02

    Thanks Amy. It’s good to get comments like this. Much appreciated.

mybeautfulthings · 27 July 2016 at 17:16

I just love that statue! Thank you for showing us. I love the ‘cherry on top’ seagull too! 🙂

    HMB · 27 July 2016 at 18:35

    Thank you. I’m pleased you like it.

Lena · 27 July 2016 at 17:03

What a great angle, the second picture. I like the statue, it’s very odd in a great way!

    HMB · 27 July 2016 at 17:30

    Thanks Lena. I like it too.

CEagle · 27 July 2016 at 13:40

Ha ha … For a second, I thought Seagull was part of the sculpture 😛

    HMB · 27 July 2016 at 17:30

    Thanks. Yes, I think the seagull thinks he is too.

HMB · 29 July 2016 at 07:11

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