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Sky Ride Leeds

Leeds City Council are proud to be working in partnership with Sky and British Cycling to host the second Sky Ride Leeds, on Sunday 15 June 2014.
 
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  3pm on Sunday 15 June, with the traffic-free loop allowing participants to take part in the ride at their own pace. The main route is 6.5km, and takes in a scenic route around the city which will give riders views of the iconic Leeds Town Hall and also the first direct arena.
 
In addition, there will also be a shorter routes of 500m that is 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 allows riders to take to the same stretch of traffic free road which the world’s finest cyclists will follow when the Tour de France Grand Départ begins from the exact same start point on The Headrow just three weeks later.
 
Participants will be treated to a range of activities and entertainment throughout the day at key activity points along the route, including the brand new ‘Sensory Tunnel’ and ‘Tricks and Tunes’ area which will create a real festival atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

For more details of the event, how to get there and additional activities visit our frequently asked questions section. You can download the route map and details of road closures from our Documents section.

If you would like to volunteer to help at Sky Ride Leeds information and a registration form can be downloaded from the Documents section.

To register and book your place on Sky Ride Leeds go to www.goskyride.com/leeds​​​

FAQ's

Do I need to register for the event?

Yes - this would really help us when planning transport, parking, cycle storage, stewarding, marshalling and other activities. 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 Millennium Square, 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! The start line is on The Headrow outside the Arts Gallery at the official start line of the Tour De France Grand Depart.

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 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 Victoria Gardens on The Headrow for a small deposit.

What other activities will be taking place?

​There are lots of activities planned at the activation points. The Hub at Millennium Square hosts a Bike Café, as well as an opportunity to find out more about the local and Breeze Sky Ride bike rides and chat to the ride leaders. You can also see the Team GB & Team Sky bikes on display.   Woodhouse Moor is home to Tricks and Tunes – including an Air Bag jump, Go-Ride ramps, a unicycle workshop  and a DJ. At Victoria Gardens there are also is a Bodyline Cycle Challenge, Get Cycling Roadshow, Leeds Let’s Get Active, Go:Cycling, Cycle Clubs, and a Tour de France stand – detailing where you can see the route and several other activities.

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 Sara Birkinshaw  sara.birkinshaw@leeds.gov.uk