Two guided bike rides are being offered to those keen to take up cycling.Advertisement
Across Preston and South Ribble the rides are aimed at giving confidence to those wanting to ride on the roads and explore the countryside surrounding the city.
HSBC UK’s Guided Rides take in the Forest of Bowland from Preston and there’s a ride around Worden and Astley Park.
On Saturday (12 August) the Preston to Bowler explorer is a 32-mile ride.
While on Sunday (13 August) the Worden and Astley Park Tour is a more relaxed nine miles.
Cabinet member for health and wellbeing at Lancashire County Council councillor Vivien Taylor said: “Cycling is a great way to keep fit and healthy. It’s becoming more and more popular in Lancashire and the HSBC UK Guided Rides are a safe and easy way for people to enjoy it.”
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The rides are put on in partnership with British Cycling, who want to get two million people on their bikes by 2020.
British Cycling’s head of reacreation Jill Puttnam said: “There are few better places to get out on your bike than Lancashire, but we know that here –as with everywhere else in the country – many people lack the self-belief to go out cycling on their own. HSBC UK Guided Rides give people the perfect chance to build their confidence and skills on the bike in a supportive environment.
“I’m sure that locals will really embrace it as a great way to get out and enjoy the county’s beautiful cycle routes. Whether you’re getting on a bike for the first time or an experienced cyclist there is something for everyone on an HSBC UK Guided Ride.”
The Preston to Bowland ride is 9am to 1pm and starts at Fulwood Leisure Centre. It’s free but you must register a place.
The Worden and Astley Park ride is 10am to 12.30pm and starts at Worden Park car park, Worden Lane. It’s free but you must register a place.
All under-18s must wear a helmet for the rides and you should bring equipment to repair a puncture.