City cyclists urged to get on their bikes for Preston Sky Ride

Posted on - 27th March, 2012 - 9:32am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Recreation, Sport, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
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The free cycle route will take in Avenham Park and the Old Tram Way

Over 5,000 people could be saddling up to take part in Preston’s biggest free cycling event.


The Preston Sky Ride will take place in June and offers the chance for thousands to enjoy traffic-free cycling around the city.

Roads around the city centre will be shut off on Sunday 17th June to host the event.

A special 6k family route is being planned, which will start at the Flag Market, down Fishergate to Avenham Park and then using the Old Tram Way.

Councillor Roberta Cartwright, Mayor of Preston, called on families to get involved.

She said: “This is another fantastic addition to the year’s exciting Guild programme and I hope everyone will take the opportunity to get involved.

“This event will be open to everyone and with the event falling on Father’s Day, we hope that families will come out in their thousands to take make the most of this exciting event and hopefully, some good weather.”

The Guild Wheel route is expected to prove popular on the day. This offers 21-miles of cycling around the edge of the city.

View a map below showing the Guild Wheel route

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The council are partnering with British Cycling and Sky for the event, which is part of a nationwide series of cycle rides.

Stewart Kellett, British Cycling, Director Recreation and Partnerships said: “British Cycling and Sky are extremely proud to partner Preston City Council in this exciting year for cycling. Sky Ride Preston will be a fun, free cycling day out for families and friends. With entertainment en route and the British Cycling bike cafe there’s something for everyone. What a great way to celebrate Preston’s Guild year and status as European City of Sport.

“We’ll be showcasing all the great ways you can get on a bike in Preston including Sky Ride Local led rides which will take place on weekends across the summer.”

You can find out more information about the events and find out how to book your place by visiting the Sky Ride website.

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