All about Sky Ride

Sky Rides are big, fun events taking over a town or city centre so thousands of cyclists of all ages and abilities can ride safely together on a traffic-free route. They’re a great day out for families, with loads to do both on and off a bike.

Last year fifteen towns and cities across the country welcomed our big bike events, with over 100,000 people joining in the fun. To be the first to find out the locations of Sky Rides in 2016 sign up for our newsletter.

  1. Thousands celebrate Sky Ride Coventry
    Thousands celebrate Sky Ride Coventry

    A gloriously sunny Sky Ride Coventry marks the end of Sky Ride 2015

  2. Thousands of people celebrate Sky Ride Bradford
    Thousands of people celebrate Sky Ride Bradford

    Thousands of people took to traffic-free streets, as the city went bike mad at Sky Ride Bradford.

  3. Rashmi inspires at Sky Ride Manchester
    Rashmi inspires at Sky Ride Manchester

    Rashmi Barker inspires others on her bike

  4. Thousands of cyclists celebrate Sky Ride Southampton
    Thousands of cyclists celebrate Sky Ride Southampton

    Thousands turn out for a celebration of all things cycling at Sky Ride Southampton

  5. Sky Ride hits Sheffield
    Sky Ride hits Sheffield

    Thousands of people took to the city’s streets on Sunday 5 July for Sky Ride Sheffield, a spectacular celebration of all things cycling related. 

  6. Thousands of cyclists celebrate Sky Ride NewcastleGateshead
    Thousands of cyclists celebrate Sky Ride NewcastleGateshead

    Thousands turn out for a celebration of all things cycling at Sky Ride NewcastleGateshead 

Sky Ride Manchester

Is it for me?

Sky Ride events are big traffic-free bike rides for people of all ages and abilities. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t ridden a bike for ages, or if your wheels have seen better days. It’s completely free to register and come along.

Each event has a designated route which is open for a set period, but there’s no official start point or start time, so you can ride as much or as little of the route as you like, and stop as many times as you want. We publish a route map for each event as soon as the details are confirmed, so check out the map for your event and see where you’d like to join.

Not been out on your bike for a while? Our friends at Halfords are offering everyone who registers for a Sky Ride a free bike health check, worth £14.99. There will also be Halfords bike experts at the events on the day – but it’s much better to be ready to ride beforehand!


So how do I join in?

Registering for the event is free, takes only a few moments and really helps us plan for the day to make sure everyone’s kept safe and sound.

If you’re bringing friends and family along with you on the day, you can register them all in one go. Everyone who provides their contact details receives a handy email reminder from us about what’ll be happening on the day, including any last minute additions to the programme.


What do I do on the day?

Head for The Hub (check out the route map for your event to see where it’s located) to sign in. We’ll give you your Sky Ride Pass and a free reflective Sky Ride bib. Then you can get back on your bike and get riding!


What should I bring with me?

Make sure you bring your bike – unless you’re taking advantage of bike hire at your event. You might also want to bring a helmet, a waterproof jacket (our rides go ahead rain or shine), some snacks and a drink. It’s fine to bring kids’ bike trailers too.


How fast do I have to go?

Sky Rides aren’t races - the idea is simply to enjoy the experience. For those that want to go a bit faster, you’ll be able to race your friends and family in the special ‘sprint zone’ along the route but it’s entirely optional.


Do I have to wear a helmet and a hi-visibility bib?

It’s not compulsory to wear a helmet or a hi-visibility bib at Sky Ride events. British Cycling recommends wearing a correctly fitted helmet when riding, whilst recognising each individual's right to choose whether or not to accept this, and the limits to the protection helmets provide. Our ultimate aim is to create a safer cycling environment, remembering that the safest places in the world to cycle also have the lowest rates of helmet use.


Help! There’s a problem with my registration

Don’t worry, it’s still possible to register on the day. Just head for The Hub and one of our friendly staff will be on hand to help.

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