Sky Ride Local rides are coming, so if you’re keen to get out on your bike a bit more this summer, but don’t know where to start, this new series of free bike rides in Lancashire could be the answer.
In partnership with Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council, British Cycling and Sky an exciting series of guided bike rides have been scheduled in every local authority area in Lancashire for 2016. As part of a campaign to get more people cycling for fun and fitness, Sky Ride Local rides are guided by British Cycling trained Ride Leaders and cover a range of fantastic routes, giving you the opportunity to see your area by bike like never before. What’s more, the rides are pitched at three different levels, so there’s something for everyone.
David Bourque, British Cycling’s Director of Recreation and Partnerships, said:
‘There’s no better way to get outdoors, get some exercise and explore your local area with friends than on a bike ride. Join the fun and register for a Sky Ride Local bike ride taking place in Lancashire this summer.
‘The rides begin on 26th March so there’s no better time to get on your bike. Whether you’re building your confidence or looking to challenge yourself, there’s a Sky Ride Local for you in Lancashire.’
Cllr Graham Cain, Cabinet Secretary for Blackpool Council, said: “With warmer weather now hopefully on its way, this is an ideal opportunity for people in Blackpool to dust off their bikes and enjoy the benefits of cycling with these great events.
“All of the rides are free to attend and offer something for everyone, ranging from easy rides, steady and more challenging ones. Furthermore you can take part either on your own or with family and friends. You can also hire a bike from any of our sports centres to get involved if needed.
“If you want to find out more about cycling, either improving your skills or confidence on the road, then you can also try our free bikeability sessions by calling 476330.”
Even more cycling opportunities are available in Lancashire this year with Breeze and Ride Social.
Breeze is the biggest national programme designed to inspire and support more women to ride their bikes. Breeze is led by women, for women. The programme is supported by a network of trained volunteers called Breeze champions who organise local guided rides on a weekly basis.
Meanwhile, discover more with Ride Social, Britain’s biggest social cycling community. Cycling is more fun when you do it with others and Ride Social allows cyclists to meet up, form groups and start riding together.
To register for a free guided bike ride and find out more about getting into cycling, visit: goskyride.com/Lancashire.
Upcoming rides in Blackpool, Lancaster, Fylde and Wyre:
Sunday 10th April: Blackpool – The greenspace of Stanley Park – 5 miler
Sunday 19th April: Fylde – Fylde village tour – 20 miler
Sunday 8th May: Blackpool – Little Bispham along the prom – 7 miler
Sunday 22nd May: Blackpool – Leafy Lytham circular – 19 miler
Rides will take place regularly until October.