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 year our big bike events enjoyed a fabulous welcome at fifteen towns and cities:
Sky Ride Plymouth – Sunday 31 May
Sky Ride Bolton – Sunday 7 June
Sky Ride Leeds – Sunday 14 June
Sky Ride Bristol – Sunday 21 June
Sky Ride NewcastleGateshead – Saturday 27 June
Sky Ride Sheffield – Sunday 5 July
Sky Ride Southampton – Sunday 19 July
Sky Ride Manchester – Sunday 2 August
Sky Ride Hull – Sunday 16 August
Sky Ride Ipswich – Sunday 23 August
Sky Ride Leicester – Sunday 30 August
Sky Ride Liverpool – Sunday 6 September
Sky Ride York – Sunday 13 September
Sky Ride Bradford – Sunday 20 September
Sky Ride Coventry – Sunday 27 September
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, and 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, just takes a few moments and really helps us plan for the day and 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 – so there’s no need to register each person separately. 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 think about bringing a helmet, a waterproof jacket (our rides go ahead rain or shine), some snacks and a drink. And 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 do 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 high-viz bib?
It’s not compulsory to wear a helmet or a high-viz bib at Sky Ride events. British Cycling recommends wearing a correctly fitted helmet when riding a bike, whilst recognising the right of each individual to choose whether or not to accept this recommendation, and the limit 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 of the event. Just head for The Hub and one of our friendly staff will be on hand to help.