British Cycling and Sky have marked a successful year of cycling in partnership with Liverpool City Council, with the presentation of a framed GB Cycling Team jersey.
After an exciting summer that saw the Tour de France hit British roads and hills, the ever-popular Tour of Britain and more cycling competition gold at the Commonwealth Games, Liverpool City Council’s cycling programme has seen hundreds of people get out on bikes and join in the amazing season of biking.
To recognise the success of the partnership, British Cycling Recreation Manager for Liverpool, Peter Haymes, presented a framed jersey to Wendy Simon at Sky Ride Liverpool, as a lasting reminder of an unforgettable summer:
‘We enjoyed a summer like no other in Britain, from the Tour de France to the Tour of Britain, as well as supporting our heroes at the Commonwealth Games. It’s a great time to be inspired by cycling and we’ve really enjoyed working with Liverpool City Council to get more people on more bikes than ever before,’ said Peter Haymes.
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for leisure, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: ‘It has been great to see so many people getting out on their bikes and enjoying the city. Sky Ride Liverpool was an amazing experience for everyone who took part and the Tour of Britain was fantastic for spectators and television viewers. We are committed to doing all we can to encourage people to use their bikes for business and pleasure in the city.’
In the last five years of British Cycling’s partnership with Sky, more and more people in Britain have been getting into cycling regularly – more than one million now cycle once a month. The partnership with Liverpool City Council has helped contribute to this figure and there are hundreds of opportunities to continue to ride in Liverpool through Sky Ride Local guided rides, women-only Breeze rides and Britain’s biggest social cycling network, Ride Social.
A highlight of the summer was undoubtedly Sky Ride Liverpool, which saw 10 000 people flock to ride the traffic-free streets. With appearances from Tour de France winner, Bradley Wiggins, and TV presenter, Davina McCall, it made for a unique festival of cycling
‘We had a fantastic day at Sky Ride Liverpool, it was such a great atmosphere and to see so many people of all ages, abilities and with so many different kinds of bike, riding the streets was something very special,’ added Peter.
‘Ultimately, we want to continue to get more people on bikes, riding recreationally and really falling in love with cycling. After such a positive summer in Liverpool, and with so many more opportunities to keep cycling with Breeze and Ride Social, we are looking forward to that continuing long into autumn and beyond.’