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Two wheels are better than four

Dust off your bikes and get ready – Skyride Manchester is coming to town

Published on July 16th 2009.

Two wheels are better than four

On Sunday 2 August, something spectacular is going to happen in the city centre. Spectacular because it'll involve thousands of people from all over the North West, and because it'll give us a totally different view of our city streets: they'll be free of cars, and cyclists will rule in a mass participation event that anyone with a bike can take part in.

" A traffic-free loop will take thousands of cyclists on an 11.5km route in and around the city centre."

A traffic-free loop will take thousands of cyclists on an 11.5km route in and around the city centre.There'll be entertainment on the route, special activities for all the family to enjoy, and appearances from British Cycling’s gold-medal winning elite athletes, and most importantly, no traffic to negotiate.

The event, Skyride Manchester, is organised by Sky, British Cycling, and Manchester City Council, is a way to get more people using their bikes and actively enjoying cycling. 35 per cent of adults in the North West own one, but a much smaller number actually cycle, with an estimated 900,000 unused bikes languishing in sheds and cellars.

The Council hopes that this event will encourage us to dust them off and adopt this healthy, green way of getting around.

Manchester wants to get into cycling in a big way. The Council has recently opened a BMX track in Platt Fields Park, and a £20m, 2,000 seat indoor BMX arena is planned for next door to the Velodrome.

A programme of guided rides in neighbourhoods across Manchester, called Skyride Local, is also underway. These Sunday rides will give you the opportunity to discover the many cycling trails and routes that criss-cross the city and to enjoy a ride in the company of fully trained cycle leaders.

Although there's a way to go before the city is as cycle-friendly as it'd like to be, mass participation events like this are a good start. So if you've got a bike, and want to be part of a huge, cycling celebration, make sure you and your friends and family take part in Skyride Manchester on Sunday 2 August.

It's free, register now at this link .

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