7,500 turn out for Sky Ride Blackpool

Sky Ride Blackpool 2011

7,500 people took to traffic-free streets on Sunday 14th August for Sky Ride Blackpool. The free cycling event, organised by British Cycling and Sky in partnership with Blackpool Council, allowed riders to take in an 8km traffic-free route at their own pace whilst enjoying some of the town's best-known landmarks.

The route took in Stanley Park and the famous Promenade. There was loads of entertainment on offer, and participants also had a chance to meet GB paralympic cyclist Tel Byrne. It was a great day for many families to see Blackpool on two wheels and ride around the town on traffic-free roads.

Sky Ride Blackpool is just one part of the Sky Ride campaign, which aims to get a million more people cycling regularly by 2013. Sky Ride Local rides are running every Sunday through the summer in and around Blackpool, which take in everything from the countryside to local sights. There are also brilliant bike maintenance workshops on 30th September and 1st October, and Breeze women-only bike rides.