Around seven thousand people took advantage of the beautiful sunshine on The Hoe today and enjoyed a fun day out at Sky Ride Plymouth.
Joining Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster cyclists of all ages and abilities took to traffic-free streets for the chance to enjoy the town on two wheels. The day marked the first event of Sky Ride 2012 – part of a national campaign to get one million people cycling regularly by 2013, inspiring and helping people get back on their bikes to re-discover the fun they can have.
The free event hosted by Plymouth City Council, British Cycling and Sky allowed riders to take in the 8.5 kilometre route at their own pace whilst enjoying some of Plymouth’s most well-known landmarks including the Barbican, Royal William Yard and The Hoe.
Participants were treated to a whole host of activities and entertainment throughout the day with bike stunt shows and performances from The Waterboarders, Mae and the Midnight Fairground, Cuckoo Collective and Mama Tokus.
Sky Ride Ambassador Charlie Webster commented: It’s been a fantastic day here at Sky Ride Plymouth, with people of all ages getting back on their bikes and enjoying cycling around the city on traffic free streets. I just hope that everyone that has taken part today will be inspired to start cycling more regularly.”
Tricia Thompson Sky’s Director of Cycling said: I’m delighted Sky Ride has come to Plymouth this year and that so many people of all ages and abilities have been able to enjoy cycling through the town. Through our great partnership with Plymouth City Council and British Cycling, we hope to build towards our aim of getting one million more Britons cycling regularly by the end of 2013.”
Plymouth City Council’s Assistant Director for Transport, Clive Perkin said: Seeing so many people taking part in this day really does show that cycling is enjoyable and is a healthy way to travel. This event has been the first part of our Plymotion initiative, a three year project which will see improvements to our cycle links in and around the city.”
Sky Ride Local Rides are running every Sunday through the summer in and around Plymouth which take in everything from the countryside and local sights. Register to take part for free at goskyride.com/skyridelocal.
Source: Plymouth City Council