Get on your bike with Sky Ride this summer

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01 May 2013
Get on your bike with Sky Ride this summer

Sky and British Cycling confirm the return of a host of free events and activities taking place across the summer as part of Sky Ride 2013. These include more Sky Ride City events and Sky Ride Local rides than ever before stretching the length and breadth of the UK. Sky Ride 2013 is part of a national campaign by Sky and British Cycling encouraging thousands of people of all ages and abilities to get on a bike and discover the fun, freedom and health benefits cycling can offer.

Sky Ride City rides are free one day cycling events offering people the chance to ride their bike on traffic free streets in the heart of major cities and towns across Britain. Sky Ride Local rides are led by British Cycling Ride Leaders and are a series of free small, weekly community bikes rides that take place every Sunday and give participants the chance to get out and explore their local area.

This year’s events build on the success of 2012, which saw over 146,000 people take part in Sky Ride City events and over 17,000 people take part in Sky Ride Local ride. Last year also saw British Cycling and Sky beat their goal of getting one million more Britons on their bikes and cycling regularly (once a month) by 2013.

Sky Ride City Events will take place in the following towns and cities across the UK this summer:

Plymouth - Sunday 12th May
Bolton - Sunday 2nd June
Leeds -  Sunday 7th July
Stockton-on-Tees - Sunday 7th July
Bournemouth - Sunday 20th July
Newcastle - Saturday 27th July
Southampton - Sunday 28th July
Manchester - Sunday 4th August
Bradford - Sunday 11th August
Hull - Sunday 18th August
Torbay - Sunday 18th August
Milton Keynes - Sunday 25th August
Leicester - Sunday 25th August
York - Sunday15th September
Ipswich - Date TBC
Birmingham - Date TBC September

There are also events and rides tailored specifically for women with British Cycling’s national Breeze Network , which encourage women to get on their bikes with women-only rides.

In addition everyone is also encouraged to set up or join a Social Cycling Group which makes it easy to get together, find a place to ride and enjoy a bike ride at a level and time that suits you it’s the ideal opportunity to take control of your cycling, discover new places to ride and make some friends along the way. Rides are organised all year round by cyclists across the country.

For more information and to find a route or ride visit

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  • 04/08/2013

    We had a great time on the sky ride around Manchester it's nice to get round your own city without the traffic. We are looking forward to doing some more city's around the uk

  • 26/05/2013

    Can't see any in Scotland so not sure what you mean by the length and breadth of the UK . Length and breadth of England more like.

  • 15/05/2013 Scottish venues?!!

  • 15/05/2013

    Hi. Thanks for all your comment. We looked to set up Sky Rides in Glasgow and Edinburgh this year and weren't able to, sadly. This wasn't down to a lack of trying, there were a number of factors outside of our control. The great news is we can confirm, as of today we'll be teaming up with British Cycling at the National Road Race Championships in Glasgow on the weekend of the 23nd of June. It's free to attend so come along to our famous bike cafe and cheer on your favourite British riders. You can also make the most of Sky's commitment to cycling throughout the summer. Go to to find out more on our guided bike rides and buddy rides. Thanks, The Bigger Picture

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