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Open Streets monthly event celebrates city’s people-friendly streets

Published on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Image: Poster advertising Open Streets

A FREE monthly event aimed at encouraging people to explore Leicester’s people-friendly streets and open spaces is taking place this Sunday (24 June).

Open Streets, which runs on the last Sunday of each month, offers a variety of activities from the city’s latest public open space, the new Market Square.

Guided walks and cycle rides, a cycle market, a free bike-fixing service, street food and entertainment from the B-Buddies Skate School will all be on offer as part of Open Streets.

There will also be bikes to try out for the whole family available on the square, plus information about the ‘Sam Says…’ cycle safety campaign, and the chance to sign up for cycle training, coaching and forthcoming rides and events.  

Local cycle club Leicester Women’s Velo are running a pacey 25-mile ride for women with road bikes, which starts at 9am from Bede Park and finishes at the Open Streets event at around 12.30pm.

A more leisurely 15-mile ride, also with Leicester Women’s Velo, starts at 9.30am from the Vijay Patel Building on the De Montfort University Campus. Suitable for women on road, hybrid or mountain bikes, it will follow a route through Watermead Park, and will get to Market Square for just after 12noon.

On Market Square, you can also join this month’s guided ‘Green Walk’, starting at 11am from the square and making its way to Aylestone Meadows along the River Soar and the Great Central Way. There’s no need to book – just turn up.

At 12.30pm, there’s the latest street art cycle tour, with local urban artist Steve Stevens from Graff HQ guiding participants around Leicester’s street art. Everyone on this ride will get a free copy of a new 60-page guide to Leicester’s street art. You can book at www.letsride.co.uk or just turn up.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on public health and the environment, said: “These events are planned to show people just how easy it can be to get around the city centre by bike or on foot. We have a great city with a rich heritage that it is increasingly easy to explore when you leave the car at home.

“The new Market Square – complete with new statue of Leicester’s own Suffragette, Alice Hawkins – is being brought to life with events like Open Streets that are welcoming and accessible for people to enjoy regular trips into the city centre.”

More information is available on the Visit Leicester website – just search ‘Open Streets’.

To sign up for any of the rides, visit www.letsride.co.uk and search ‘Leicester’.

Enquiries about the Leicester Women’s Velo rides can be made to leicesterwomensvelo@gmail.com

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