All about Sky Ride

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.

This summer we’re set to reach our one millionth Sky Rider. It’s totally free to take part – just register your free place for any of the following events:

Sky Ride Bradford: Sunday 5 June

Sky Ride Southampton: Sunday 12 June

Sky Ride Bristol: Sunday 19 June

Sky Ride Sheffield: Sunday 3 July

Sky Ride Manchester: Sunday 10 July

Sky Ride Leeds: Sunday 17 July

Sky Ride Coventry: Sunday 7 August

Sky Ride Ipswich: Sunday 14 August

Sky Ride Liverpool: Sunday 21 August

Sky Ride Leicester: Sunday 28 August

Sky Ride Glasgow: Sunday 4 September

Sky Ride York: Sunday 11 September


  1. Thousands take to two wheels at Sky Ride Bristol
    Thousands take to two wheels at Sky Ride Bristol

    Riders of all ages got on their bikes for an unforgettable day of traffic-free cycling in Bristol. 

  2. Sky Ride hits Southampton
    Sky Ride hits Southampton

    The crowds turned out on their bikes for this year’s Sky Ride Southampton.

  3. Thousands take to two wheels at Sky Ride Bradford
    Thousands take to two wheels at Sky Ride Bradford

    All ages and abilities jumped on their bikes for an unforgettable day of traffic-free cycling at the first Sky Ride of 2016.

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 in their stores 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, only takes a few moments and really helps us plan for the day to make sure everyone’s kept safe and sound. If you agree to receive communications from us we’ll make sure you get a handy reminder ahead of the event too.

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.

I signed up ages ago and haven’t heard anything – should I be worried?

When you register you’ll receive an email confirming your place. As long as you’ve agreed to receive communications from us we’ll make sure you get a handy reminder ahead of the event. We’ll usually send this out around a week before your event.

What do I do on the day?

There’s no official start point or start time, so check out the route map for your event on our website, and choose where you want to start. If in doubt, head for The Hub – there’s always loads going on there, and you can pick up your free Sky Ride bib too. If you do want to be there right at the start (and get your picture in the paper!), then head for The Hub at the time the route first opens.

What should I bring with me?

Make sure you bring your bike – unless you’re taking advantage of bike hire at your event. It’s fine to bring kids’ bike trailers too. You might also want to bring a helmet and a waterproof jacket – our rides go ahead rain or shine! By all means bring some snacks and a drink, but there’ll be lots of places to pick up a tasty snack or a drink.

How fast do I have to go?

Sky Rides aren’t races – we just want everyone to enjoy the experience. If you want to go a bit faster, you’ll be able to race your friends and family in the special ‘sprint zone’ when you reach it (check the rouite map to see where it’ll be), 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-vis bib at Sky Ride events. British Cycling recommends wearing a correctly fitted helmet when riding, whilst recognising each individual’s right to choose, 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.

How do I get there and where do I park?

You’ll find information about the best ways to get to your event, and where you can park if you’re driving, on our website – but please be aware that often these aren’t available until closer to the date. Find details of your event here.

How do I find out about road restrictions around the event?

Our local authority partners will provide details of road restrictions nearer the date of each event. Once we have them we’ll put details on our website. Find details of your event here.

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