Leeds – Join the cycling revolution in Leeds as Sky Ride returns for its third year bringing thousands of cyclists and spectators to a traffic free city centre.
The free family friendly mass-participation bike ride takes place on Sunday 14 June 10am – 3pm. Registration is now open at www.goskyride.com/leedsskyride and people are being encouraged to sign up fast as places are filling up.
For those not jumping on a bike there is plenty to get involved with thanks to the return of the “Tricks and Tunes” area featuring top DJs as well as pro BMX and mountain bikers performing jaw-dropping stunts not for the faint-hearted.
The 6.5km route of this year’s Sky Ride has been revealed today. Riders can look forward to starting from the same point, on The Headrow, as cycling legends during last summer’s “Grandest of Grand Départs”. They will also pass iconic city landmarks from Leeds University to the town hall and First Direct Arena.
Riders can challenge family and friends in the Sprint Zone, experience the sensory tunnel and find out more about cycling opportunities in Leeds. Bike experts at Halfords are offering a free bike safety check to everyone who registers and will be on hand to help out with any last minute problems.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:
“Sky Ride has been a massive success in Leeds so we’re delighted to be welcoming it back for its third year. Building on the success of the Grand Départ and the soon to take place Tour de Yorkshire finale at Roundhay Park we’re confident this year will be better than ever.
“Leeds is a keen cycling city, we continue to invest in cycle-ways across the city and have more people than ever before inspired to get out on their bikes. I myself only started riding a few years ago and Sky Ride has been a brilliant experience for me so it would be great to see even more people come out and join me this year.
“Sky Ride is fantastic fun and probably your only chance to enjoy riding the city centre free from traffic. The festival atmosphere last year was great so even if you’re not getting on your bike there are loads of fun activities to get involved with.”
The event is one of 15 to be held nationally and is part of a continuing partnership between Leeds City Council, British Cycling, Sky and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority which aims to encourage more people to get cycling.
Since the partnership was first formed, the number of cyclists jumping on their bikes in Leeds once a week has increased by more than 57 per cent.
Sky Ride Ambassador and six-time Olympic Champion Sir Chris Hoy said:
“We want more people to enjoy riding a bike – that’s why British Cycling and Sky have teamed up to bring you Sky Ride. We’ve made it easier than ever to get out on your bike and spend quality time with your family and friends.
“Sky Rides close big towns and cities for big bike events so you can ride safely on traffic-free streets, with a huge festival atmosphere and loads to do both on and off the bike. They are good fun and a great way to get on your bike.”
In addition to the mass-participation Sky Ride event, a series of free, fun, guided Sky Ride Local and women-only Breeze bike rides will also be taking place around Leeds this summer for cyclists of all abilities.
For more information on Sky Ride Local, Breeze and to register for Sky Ride Leeds go to www.goskyride.com/leedsskyride.