British Cycling and HSBC UK have announced that they will be returning to Coventry in August following the success of last year’s free, family cycling event.
HSBC UK Let’s Ride Coventry (formerly Sky Ride) will take place on Sunday 5 August, when 6 kilometres of city centre roads will be closed to motor traffic to give thousands of locals the perfect opportunity to explore their city on two wheels.
This year’s event will be delivered in partnership with Coventry City Council and will have a strong community focus, linking up with local attractions including Coventry Transport Museum, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and Coventry Cathedral. Along the route there will be a range of local community groups, bike shops, local performers and giveaways, with participants encouraged to hop off their bikes and find out more.
Julie Harrington, chief executive of British Cycling, said: “Last year we were blown away by the response of the thousands of local people who got on their bikes and joined us.
“Along with HSBC UK and Coventry City Council, we are passionate about creating better cities for cycling, and events like HSBC UK Let’s Ride Coventry are a fantastic opportunity for people to get on their bike and take that first step towards making cycling a part of their everyday life.”
HSBC UK Let’s Ride Coventry will be the ninth in a series of 14 events across the UK this summer, which are a key part of British Cycling and HSBC UK’s vision to get two million more people on a bike by 2020. Over 100,000 people attended last year’s events, cycling a combined total of over 1.5 million kilometres in the process.
Luke Harper, head of HSBC UK’s partnership with British Cycling, said:“Taking part in an HSBC UK Let’s Ride event is a great opportunity to cycle around Coventry without traffic, seeing its landmarks from a completely different viewpoint. These events provide a great day out for families, those who want to get back on their bike after allowing it to collect dust at home, or for the more experienced cyclists who want to try something a bit more relaxed. Plus, you will be doing your bit to help create a greener, fitter, healthier Britain.”
Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor John Blundell, who will be attending the event as Lord Mayor, said: "This is a great family event for the city. I thoroughly enjoyed last year's event and I'm looking forward to once again seeing riders of all ages from across Coventry and beyond ride around the city centre.
“The event brings the community together and encourages people to get on their bikes and get healthy, and we're delighted to see it return to the city."
Full details of the day’s activities and route will be announced in due course