North Lincolnshire residents are encouraged to join in the London 2012 Olympic fever by taking part in a series of free organised bike rides called Sky Ride Local throughout June and July. The next ride leaves from Atkinsons Warren, Ferry Road, Scunthorpe, at 2pm on Sunday 17 June.
Sky Ride Local rides are fun, free community bike rides that offer a great way of getting out and exploring the local area. British Cycling has trained local North Lincolnshire residents as ride leaders. They will lead the rides and be on hand to provide encouragement and support whenever you need it.
There are ten rides in total at a number of locations across North Lincolnshire - all graded to cater for people of all abilities. They range from Ride Easy (in traffic free environments for those who haven’t ridden a bike in a while) to Ride Strong (for confident cyclists who fancy riding 20-30 miles at a brisk pace) with lots of choice in between. There really is something for everyone.
Whatever your age and ability, you can enjoy some fun, free bike rides, providing great fun for the whole family - and now for children aged 15 and under it’s even better, with plenty of goodies up for grabs.
After you’ve registered and taken part in one ride, you’ll receive a goody bag with a poster, flag, Frisbee and stickers. Once you’ve registered and taken part in two rides, we’ll send you an amazing Frog LED light for your bike. Then if you register and take part in three rides, a fantastic Sky Ride Local hoodie will be yours. It’s as simple as one, two, three!
You can register, book places on rides and find out more on the Sky Ride Local website.
Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for customer services, sport and leisure at North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“Let’s continue the legacy, former Olympic silver medallist Lal White left behind.
“We’ve opened up new cycling routes in Scunthorpe under the Sustrans Connect2 project and there are lots of other great places to cycle in North Lincolnshire.
“Never before has it been so exciting to cycle. The London 2012 Olympics are just around the corner - so join in the frenzy. I’m a keen cyclist and will be out there on my bike, so come on, get your bikes out, have some fun and get fit at the same time. And the best bit is it’s free!”
Frances Cunning, North Lincolnshire’s Director of Public Health, said:
“Cycling is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life. It’s a great way to get more active and once you get going you might find yourself cycling to school or work and saving money too in the long run. Regular strenuous physical activity such as cycling can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes or stroke. It can also boost your mood and with a healthy balanced diet, keep your weight under control, helping you look and feel great.”