FREE Family Cycling Event Let’s Ride is Returning to Leeds this September
HSBC UK Let’s Ride Leeds (formerly HSBC UK City Ride) will take place on Sunday 1 September 2019, when city centre roads will be closed to motor traffic to give families the perfect opportunity to explore their city in the saddle.
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. Tying in closely with local cultural attractions, participants are given the unique opportunity to swap their car for the saddle and discover more of their city from a different perspective, on a bike.
Research carried out at last year’s HSBC UK Let’s Ride event in Cardiff, which coincided with the city’s biggest ever car-free day, found that levels of harmful nitrogen oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) fell by around 69% when roads were closed to motor traffic.
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 as activities for those looking for a day out with family and friends, including music performances, a bike maintenance area, food and drink stalls, and a zone dedicated to several British Cycling recreation initiatives, from children’s learn-to-ride programme, HSBC UK Ready Set Ride, to HSBC UK Go-Ride, and women-only HSBC UK Breeze.
Through its ‘Cycling Starts Here’ strategy, Leeds, with a range of partners, has set out an ambitious cycling plan. Highlights include the development of the unique Leeds Urban Bike Park at Middleton and 1.6km closed road circuit at Boddington Fields, which includes the Brownlee Centre. Work is also continuing on the CityConnect Cycle Superhighways and expansion of the Leeds Cycle Network. The city now boasts 148km (over 95miles) of cycle network. To boost participation, there are now a number of bike libraries across the city providing access to safe bikes and equipment.
The range and reach of cycling opportunities for all are continuing to grow with lead ride activities including Breeze (a women-only offer), offers to young people through Go Ride and over 6500 children annually receiving Bikeability training, cycle in the parks’ programmes and ‘pop up’ community events. All of these activities are supporting the city’s aim to build a lasting legacy from hosting the start of the Tour de France in 2014.
Full details of the day’s activities and route will be announced in due course.