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New route announced for Bradford’s sixth Sky Ride event

Sky Ride Bradford is back this year – with a new route in the city centre.

Bradford Council is partnering up once again with British Cycling and Sky to get people back in the saddle on Sunday, 20 September.

And a new-look route has been announced for the sixth annual event which will showcase the city’s beautiful 19th century architecture.

SkyrideSky Ride will start again from the gantry at the multi-award winning City Park and go around the main streets of the city centre including Market Street, Kirkgate, Cheapside, Valley Road, and then make its way around Little Germany.

Little Germany, which attracts around 100,000 visitors a year, was named after the German merchants who settled in the city in the 19th century to trade in textiles. They built imposing warehouses, some in Italianate style, which echoed the architecture of the imposing City Hall seen from City Park.

Finally, the route will head out of Little Germany to Hall Ings, Drake Street and back into City Park.

Anyone can join the free circular traffic-free route at any time between 10am and 2pm, although participants are advised to get there early whilst the roads are quieter for commuting.

Registration opens at 9am at ‘The Hub’ in City Park where people can pick up their reflective Sky Ride bibs.

Sky Ride is a great family day out which also offers entertainment along the route, and at The Hub where you can find out more about local cycling opportunities, enter competitions and get your bike checked by Halfords.

Tricks & Tunes is host to an area of fun entertainment including the Extreme Mountain Bike Show and The AirBag jump and British Cycling’s Go-Ride coaches. The Market Place is where you will find local clubs.

It is recommended that Sky Ride participants use the following Bradford Council car parks – Jacobs Well, Radwell Drive, Sharpe Street, Crown Court – and the NCP car parks – Hall Ings and Southgate, and the Bradford Leisure Exchange car park at George Street. There is also the Kirkgate shopping centre car park that is convenient for the course.

To register for the event and find out more information on parking and bike hire, and to view the route map see goskyride.com/BradfordSkyRide

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