Make sure you’re in Sheffield city centre this week for the latest Sky Ride event – a free-to-enter day of traffic-free cycling around Sheffield. With plenty of cycling-themed things to try out along the way – including a ‘Tricks & Tunes’ area and a ‘friendly Bike Café’; there’s sure to be plenty to do on the day to make this a popular family outing
The event will continue to raise the profile of cycling in Sheffield; following the recent successes of the 2014 Tour de France and British Cycling Sheffield Grand Prix in the city. Interest in cycling has never been so high; and events like Sky Ride should only see it grow further.
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Encouraging New Cyclists
By encouraging family friendly days such as this, events like Sky Ride can help encourage the next generation to take up cycling; which is beneficial on a number of levels. It will hopefully lead to forced improvement of cycling infrastructure in UK cities; whilst also encouraging young people to exercise.
Sky Ride host traffic-free rides along designated routes in cities throughout the UK; and always receive plenty of interest in their organized cycles. Last Sunday, more than 15,000 people took to the streets of Manchester for an extremely successful day of cycling up north.
Recent Success in Manchester and Newcastle
A number of local landmarks were frequented by the closed-circuit route; including Albert Square and the National Cycling Centre. That followed an extremely successful Sky Ride day in Newcastle the previous day; where over 10,000 people attended.
The interest that the events are generating can only be a positive for improving the profile of cycling within the UK. With cycling infrastructure becoming an ever more popular topic of political discussion, events like Sky Ride help to showcase the scale of cycling interest in this country; which can help to present a sound argument that there is a need for change.
Increase in Spend on Cycling Infrastructure
It was only last month that The Guardian published an article surrounding a call from a cross-party group of MP’s to increase spending on cycling infrastructure to at least £10 per person by 2020. The House of Commons transport committee report called for ministers to show more active political leadership on the matter.
It went on to detail that any new infrastructure projects should encompass safe cycling. According to The Guardian; only 2% of trips in the UK are currently made by bike – a tenth of the amount in the Netherlands. That would surely rise if there were better cycling safety measures in place in UK cities.
Route Open from 11am-3pm
The Sheffield route will be open from 11am-3pm; and moves from its starting point at Devonshire Green to Endcliffe Park, Tudor Square, Ecclesall Road and Bramall Lane. There’ll be two free bike pumps – at Fitzwilliam Street and Hunters Bar – to help those who may need to give their tyres a boost throughout the day.
You can register to take part in the event for free now via the goskyride website; with the first 1,000 entrants receiving a limited edition gift on the day. Anyone participating in Sky Ride Sheffield will also be entitled to a free expert bike check worth £14.99 at Halfords. (Information taken from goskyride website)
Championing the UK as a Cycling Nation
Hull, Leicester, Ipswich, Liverpool, York, Hull and Bradford will also play host to Sky Ride events over the next seven weekends; and should help to champion the UK as a cycling nation.
Will you be attending Sky Ride Sheffield? Send us your images and they could be published on the Wheelie Good Guys site. We’ll also be interested in hearing people’s personal accounts of the event, and whether they would deem it a success. You can contribute in our unique forum; or get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
A Word About Our Sponsor
It is important to stay safe whilst you are out cycling and at Wheelie Good Guys we are champions of cycling safety. None of the work we do however; would be possible without the help if Ian Brown. Ian is the UK Cycling Speedway Commissioner; as well as a personal injury solicitor for Wosskow Brown.