Sky Ride back for 2015

Sky Ride is returning to Liverpool on Sunday 6 September.

The event encourages more people to get on their bikes, and was launched by Sir Chris Hoy.

Liverpool hosted its inaugural Sky Ride last year, attracting a massive 10,000 riders to the event.  

Sky Ride Ambassador Sir Chris Hoy said: “We want more people to enjoy riding a bike – that’s why Sky and British Cycling 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 towns and cities for big bike events so you can ride safely on traffic-free streets, with a festival atmosphere and loads to do both on and off the bike. They are great fun and a great way to get on your bike.’

“It is already making a real difference to congestion in our towns and cities by showing people how great it is to get around by bike. Our rides offer something for everyone, whatever their age or ability – from our traffic-free Sky Ride Big Bike Events in cities across England to our group rides guided by locally trained Ride Leaders.

“All parents want their children to be able to enjoy the freedom they had to be active and get some fresh air, and Sky Ride and Sky Ride Local are great ways for families and friends to get out on their bikes together.

“Over 100,000 people attended Sky Ride events last year so we know that it’s a great way to discover your home town on a bike. If more of us are encouraged to get out of the car and on to the bike for shorter journeys, we’d be a huge step closer to a healthier and greener Britain.”

Assistant Mayor and Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “I’m delighted that Sky Ride is returning in September – it was a huge success last year with around 10,000 people taking place which is amazing for an inaugural event in the city.

“Sky Ride is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to ride around traffic-free roads and it’s a great message to encourage families to get out and be active, and hopefully inspire more people to get in to the cycling habit.”

Sky and British Cycling will be visiting town and city centres from Plymouth to Newcastle, allowing thousands of cyclists to ride together with friends and family on some stunning traffic-free routes.

And in 106 towns and cities across Britain, Sky Ride Local offers the opportunity for people to gain more confidence to get around by bike through 1,900 friendly guided rides.  

Together British Cycling and Sky have inspired over 1.5 million more people to get on their bikes since the partnership was formed in 2008.The majority start by cycling recreationally, through initiatives such as Sky Ride Big Bike Events, which provide a showcase for cycling, and Sky Ride Local, which give people the opportunity to build their confidence before they move on to cycling to work or taking part in more challenging events. According to the British Cycling Commuting Survey 2014, 71% of commuters were recreational cyclists before they started to cycle to work.

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British Cycling’s director of Recreation and Partnerships, Stewart Kellett, said: ‘We are delighted to once again bring traffic-free cycling to so many cities across the country with Sky Ride. 2015 promises to see even better and more exciting events, a real festival atmosphere and we want to see more people than ever riding their bikes on streets. We had such a great year in 2014 – the Tour de France, Commonwealth Games and Tour of Britain made cycling even more accessible in Britain – and we are excited to continue that with a packed summer of events in 2015.’

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