Bristol City Council and British Cycling are bringing back the popular mass cycling event where hundreds of people in the city will get on their bikes next month.
HSBC UK Let’s Ride Bristol returns on Sunday, 16 June, the free family event for all abilities and experience seeing city centre roads closed to motor traffic to allow the opportunity to explore the city on two wheels, including the likes of Millennium Square, Anchor Road, the Old City and Queen Square.
There will also be a range of community-led attractions along the route and at festival zones suitable for all ages and cycling abilities, as well activities for those looking for a day out with family and friends, including a live show from the ‘Extreme Mountain Bike Stunt Show’ company, music performances, a bike maintenance area, street food and drink stalls and a Go-Ride area for children to learn some skills.
The HSBC UK Let’s Ride events – which this year aim to build excitement across the country in the run-up to the UCI Road World Championships in September - inspire people to get on their bikes to combat some of the societal issues that affect major cities in Britain.
Marking year two of a three-year partnership between Bristol City Council and British Cycling, next month will be the third in a series of 14 events across the country 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. Last year, 3442 people pre-registered to ride and 8,000 people attended the Bristol event, a record attendance.
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said: "We are pleased to welcome back Let's Ride for another exciting day of cycling in Bristol.
“We are continuing to improve cycling in the city to make it as inclusive as possible. Some of our new projects include Filwood Quietway cycle route in South Bristol and supporting recent investment in safety and access improvements at Ashton Court and the Bristol Bath Railway Path. We have a lot more to do but work is already well under way on the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.
“If you haven’t taken part before have a look at the website and consider signing up this year. We hope to see as many faces as possible for what is no doubt going to be a fun filled day for all.”
Julie Harrington, chief executive of British Cycling, added:
“We’ve had a consistently fantastic turnout over the last few years for HSBC UK Let’s Ride Bristol and we were once again blown away by the response of the thousands of people who got on their bikes and joined us last year.
“Along with HSBC UK and Bristol City Council, we are passionate about creating better cities for cycling, and events like HSBC UK Let’s Ride Bristol 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.
“This is the first time the road world championships – the pinnacle of the global cycling calendar – has taken place on home soil since 1982. Since then we’ve seen cycling levels in Britain boom and we know that people in Bristol will embrace the event with open arms.”
Let’s Ride Bristol are appealing to local bands, musicians, youth and community groups who would like to help make this year’s event extra fun by performing on stage or on the route. Interested groups should email British Cycling’s Recreation Officer, Tabitha Dickson on TabithaDickson@britishcycling.org.uk or call 07730 765531. Groups will need to bring their own equipment. Reasonable expenses or charitable donations are available, as well as great exposure.