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Get ready for Sky Ride

Published on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

THOUSANDS of cyclists are gearing up to join Leicester’s Sky Ride this Sunday (28th).

The Sky Ride, which is free to join, runs from 10am to 4pm and gives people the chance to ride around the city centre on traffic-free streets as part of a mass ride.

The Sky Ride route will take in the King Power Stadium, Jubilee Square, St Martin’s, Town Hall Square and the Cultural Quarter on a 6km loop of the city. People can join the route at any point and at any time – and they can ride the circuit as many times as they like.

Attractions along the way will include the Ride Social café at Bede Park, a Tricks and Tunes area at Jubilee Square, and demonstrations from BMX flatland champion Keelan Phillips at Magazine Square.

Cyclone Works will be bringing their collection of custom art bikes to Town Hall Square, giving people the chance to try out using a bike to paint some spinning art.

There will also be a sprint zone outside the King Power Stadium, and bikeability and balanceability try-outs at Cathedral Square.

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability, will lead out the ride from Bede Park at 10am.

Cllr Clarke said: “We’re seeing a year-on-year increase in the number of people choosing to commute into Leicester by bike. But we know that people don’t start off by simply deciding to cycle to work.

“It’s events like Sky Ride which help people to make that change and begin to cycle more regularly.

“The Sky Ride is a great chance for cyclists to get involved in bike-related events and activities, as well as checking out our wider City Festival, which is taking place at the same time.

“We’re investing all the time in improvements to cycling infrastructure to make the city easier to get around. Sky Ride gives people the opportunity to test-ride these improvements for themselves.”

Janet Hudson, East Midlands recreational manager for British Cycling, said: “We are delighted that Sky Ride is once again returning to Leicester for a day of traffic-free cycling on Sunday. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how old your bike is, or how fast you ride –it’s all about getting on your bike and having fun.”

Sky Ride is a joint venture organised by Leicester City Council, British Cycling and Sky. City centre streets will be traffic-free on the day, opened up for people to enjoy.

Visitors to the city centre on Sunday should therefore be aware that several roads will be closed to cars and other motor traffic for the Sky Ride.

Cyclists can follow National Cycle Networks 6 or 63 from Evington, Watermead, Glenfield and Glen Parva to make their way into the city.

Registering for the Sky Ride is not required, but people who do register get a free bike check worth £14.99 at Halfords.

To sign up or for more information, visit www.goskyride.com/LeicesterSkyRide

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