Free family cycling event on a traffic free circuit around the city centre with attractions to enjoy along the way.
Coventry is hosting a free cycling festival with a difference. See the city from the saddle on a traffic free circuit including the Ring Road and Cathedral Quarter. There are lots of free family activities from 10am in Broadgate and in University Square by the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. You can do as many laps of the 5km circuit as you want from 11am till 3pm. And you don’t need to be an experienced cyclist – as it's traffic free and there's a 1km option too.
Family bike hire is available on the day in Broadgate. Prices start from £5 for children’s bikes, tagalongs or trailers and £6 for adults’ bikes for an hour. (£9/£11 for 2 hours). The trailer fits two small children age 1 - 5 years and the tagalong fits one child age 4-8 years. Bike hire is open from 10am - 3pm and operates on a first come, first served basis. To hire a bike you will need to bring a credit card, driving licence or passport AND proof of current address.
Read the Let's Ride Coventry 2019 Street News.
Check out local route maps and the Bike Citizens App and find the best routes in to the start line by the Council House. Once the event starts you can join the route from the Festival Zones in Broadgate and University Square, Cox Street, Gosford Street, Whitefriars Street, Much Park Street, Little Park St & Bishop Street.
There are regular train services to Coventry with services that allow the transportation of bikes. West Midlands Trains trains carry at least 2 bikes. Cross Country Trains carry up to 3 bikes, but booking is advised. Virgin Trains carry up to 4 bikes, but booking is essential. For more information please visit National Rail.
Not got a bike? No problem. Come by rail and hire one on the day. Coventry Railway Station is just 10 minutes walk from the start by the Council House and you can hire a bike from the Festival Zone in Broadgate nearby. Plan your journey on National Rail.
Local buses and coaches do not carry bikes, but you can catch a bus to Pool Meadow bus station or Trinity Street and hire a bike from the Festival Zone in Broadgate.
Event car parking will be signposted:
Lower Ford Street and Cox Street, CV1 5PS and Grove Street, CV1 5DL. You can park for free at the Park & Ride in War Memorial Park, CV3 6PT (Please note this car park has a height barrier). It’s then a 10 minute bus or bike ride to town.
To allow the event to take place safely we need to close some roads within the city centre from 6am - 6pm, but the Ring Road is open clockwise. Although the anti-clockwise Ring Road carriageway is closed, you can still get from Radford Road to Warwick Road using the slip road from junctions 9-8, 8-7, 7-6. The railway station access from Junction 6 will also be open as normal.
Roads Closed: 6am – 6pm: Ring Road (anti-clockwise carriageway only), Little Park St, Salt Lane, Greyfriars Lane (from junction with Barracks Way to High St), High St, Pepper Lane, Hay Lane, Cuckoo Lane, Trinity Lane, Priory Row, Bayley Lane, St Mary St, Priory St (from junction with Fairfax Street to Bayley Lane), Cope Street, Cox Street (Fairfax St to Gosford St), Whitefriars Street, Whitefriars Lane, Earl St, Jordan Well, Much Park St, St Johns Street.
10.30am – 3.30pm: New Union Street will be closed from the junction with Greyfriars Lane to Ring Road Junction 6.
Friars Road and Barracks Car Park Access: From 10.30am – 3.30pm the access route will be from New Union Street eastbound only. Exit the Ring Road at Junction 6 (Warwick Road). Access to and from Friars Road will be managed by stop/go boards using one carriageway.
Tower Street Access: There will be no access to Tower Street from Ring Road Junction 1. Follow the Ring Road clockwise and exit at Junction 9 (Radford Road) and use Lamb St. The return route to Junction 9 from Tower St will be via Bishop Street, Corporation St and Upper Well St.
Pedestrian Access: On narrow and busy parts of the route, barriers will direct pedestrians to designated crossing points and there will be diversions on Priory St, Cuckoo Lane, Pepper Lane, Bayley Lane, Cope Street, Cox Street and Whitefriars Lane.
Car Parking: City centre shopping car parks will be open as normal except Salt Lane. Nearest alternative is Barracks car park, which is accessed via Ring Road Junction 6 (Warwick Road). On street parking, taxi ranks and disabled bays will be suspended on roads affected by the route.
Buses: Pool Meadow Bus Station remains open, but there will be diversions in place.
The following roads will not be served by National Express Coventry bus services from the start of service until 18:00 hours (Services affected are in brackets)
Some services may return to serve some roads and stops if roads have been reopened.