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Sky Ride Leeds

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Leeds City Council are proud to be working in partnership with Sky and British Cycling to host the first ever Sky Ride Leeds this year, on Sunday 7 July.
Linking to our Child Friendly Leeds ambition, Sky Ride Leeds is a family friendly event encouraging people of all ages and abilities to discover the fun and freedom of going out on a bike ride. Leeds city centre will become traffic free for the day to allow everyone to get out on their bikes and take part in the free event.

Sky Ride Leeds takes place from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 7 July, with the traffic-free loop allowing participants to take part in the ride at their own pace. The main route is just over 5km, and takes in a scenic route around the city which will give riders views of the iconic Leeds Town Hall and also the new £60m first direct arena.
In addition, there will also be two shorter routes of 500m and 750m that are ideal for those who are not confident on their bikes and those of different abilities. Everyone is welcome to take part, including children and young people - please note that children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult who will have responsibility for them during the ride.

The event also forms part of the one year to go celebrations to Leeds and Yorkshire hosting the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, with those taking part able to experience starting on The Headrow and a similar initial route through Leeds city centre to be used by cycling superstars such as Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish in 12 months’ time.
Participants will be treated to a range of activities and entertainment throughout the day at key activity points along the route, including events hosted by the University of Leeds as an element of the course takes in the university campus.
For more details of the event, how to get there and additional activities visit our frequently asked questions section below.
You can download the route map from our Downloads section. For details of road closures visit the related page section.

If you would like to volunteer to help at Sky Ride Leeds information and a registration form can be downloaded from the Downloads section.
To register and book your place on Sky Ride Leeds go to www.goskyride.com/leeds

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to register for the event?

Yes - this would really help use when planning transport, parking, cycle storage, stewarding, marshalling and other activitiess. To register go to www.goskyride.com/leeds

Is there a cost to enter?

​Sky Ride Leeds is FREE to enter. It should be a great day out so bring all your family and friends along!

Where can I join the ride?

You can join and leave the ​route at any point but ideally at one of the main activation points at The Headrow or Woodhouse Moor,  where you need to collect a Sky Ride bib before you can join in. You can stop off in one or more of the activation areas where there will be activities and information available. There are designated areas at these points to secure your bike - don't forget your lock! 

Is there parking available or can I bring my bike on public transport?

​It would be great if you could ride your bike to join the route, but if you need to come by car, parking will be provided at Cinder Moor (the part of Woodhouse Moor used to host the fairs and the circus).

Most city centre car parks will be open for those wanting to get to the Headrow start point, but remember to check the car park height restrictions if you are carrying your bikes on the roof.

If you wish to bring your bike on public transport you should check with the operator for any restrictions.

I don't have a bike, but I'd like to join in - are there any bikes to hire?

​There will be a limited number of bikes available to hire at the activation points for a small fee and a deposit.

What other activities will be taking place?

​There are lots of activities planned at the activation points, including BMX demonstrations, the Go Ride Challenge, a chance to watch the 2013 Tour de France on a big screen at Leeds Art Gallery, information on cycling opportunities from British Cycling, picnic areas, a Farmers Market at the University of Leeds, Breeze on Tour soft play area and much, much more.

Go to the website for more details www.goskyride.com/leeds and don't forget to bring your bike lock so that you can take part in and enjoy the activities on offer.

Can I volunteer to help at Sky Ride Leeds?

​There will be opportunities to help as a volunteer on the day, but you must express your interest in helping at least a week before the event.

If you would like to volunteer then please email to request a Sky Ride Leeds volunteer application form from Stacy Walton - stacy.walton@leeds.gov.uk