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HSBC UK Let's Ride Leicester event announced for 12 August 2018

Published on Thursday, April 12, 2018

BRITISH Cycling and HSBC UK have announced that they will be returning to Leicester in August following the success of last year’s free, family cycling event.


HSBC UK Let’s Ride Leicester (formerly Sky Ride) will take place on Sunday 12 August, when six kilometres of city streets will be car-free and opened up for thousands of locals to explore their city on two wheels.


This year’s event will have a strong community focus, linking Leicester’s new public squares and people-friendly streets from the King Power Stadium to the Clock Tower. The route will be busy with local community groups, bike projects, shops and entertainment providing lots of opportunities to stop off and join in.


Julie Harrington, chief executive of British Cycling, said: “Last year we were blown away by the response of the thousands of local people who got on their bikes and joined us.


“Along with HSBC UK and Leicester City Council, we are passionate about creating better cities for cycling, and events like HSBC UK Let’s Ride Leicester are a fantastic opportunity for people to get on their bike and take that first step towards making cycling a part of their everyday life.”


HSBC UK Let’s Ride Leicester will be the tenth in a series of 14 events across the UK this summer, which are a key part of British Cycling and HSBC UK’s vision to get two million more people on a bike by 2020. Over 100,000 people attended last year’s events, cycling a combined total of over 1.5 million kilometres in the process.


Luke Harper, head of HSBC UK’s partnership with British Cycling, said: “Taking part in an HSBC UK Let’s Ride event is a great opportunity to cycle around Leicester without traffic, seeing its landmarks from a completely different viewpoint. These events provide a great day out for families, those who want to get back on their bike after allowing it to collect dust at home, or for the more experienced cyclists who want to try something a bit more relaxed. Plus, you will be doing your bit to help create a greener, fitter, healthier Britain.”


HSBC UK Let’s Ride Leicester is a key event in the city’s summer cycling calendar. On the same day as the ride – 12 August – spectators will line Leicester’s streets to watch elite cyclists in the Castle Classic, an exciting kermesse-style road race that forms part of the HSBC UK | National Grand Prix Series. 


Both events form part of the Ride Leicester festival, a packed two-week celebration of cycling and people-friendly streets from 11–26 August.


Other initiatives that take place over the summer in the city include an annual Schools’ Ride, with 500 children and adults from city and county primary schools joining a mass ride into the city centre, led by Leicester City Football Club’s mascot Filbert Fox, riding his own tricycle.


There is also a regular programme of free led rides for all abilities, including the new monthly Open Streets events from the new Market Square. These are guided tours on foot and bike, highlighting Leicester’s arts and heritage.




Councillor Adam Clarke, Leicester’s deputy city mayor responsible for the environment and public health, said: “We know that thousands of people enjoy cycling in Leicester. Lots of new and returning riders will take the opportunity to enjoy the city streets with their families and friends while they are car-free.


“Cycling is a great way to get around the city and it’s becoming ever more popular, with an estimated 17,000 local people cycling on an average day.


“We’re working hard to make cycling as accessible as possible so that people of all ages and backgrounds can feel the health benefits and so that the city can reap the environmental benefits from this environmentally-friendly, sustainable form of transport.


"Our summer cycling events are aimed at showing people just how easy and enjoyable it can be to choose to get on your bike.”


Full details of the day’s activities and route will be announced in due course.