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Roads will close to ensure cycle safety during Sky Ride York
RESIDENTS in York are being encouraged to get on their bikes to take over York as part of a new city-wide cycling initiative.
Sky Ride York, which was launched yesterday, is intended to encourage more people to get involved in cycling ahead of the Tour de France coming to Britain next year.
Many of the city’s roads will be closed as thousands of bikes take over the city from 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday, September 14, in a guided bike ride of some of York’s most famous landmarks.
“I think it will encourage people to cycle and encourage families to take part, anyone from young children up to parents and even third generations will hopefully take part.”
The first 1,000 cyclists to register for the ride will be entered in to a prize draw to win a signed Team Sky jersey singed by 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome.
Following the first event, there will be further weekly local Sky Rides led by cyclists from the council’s sports officers. Those taking part in the rides will be taken past Rowntree Park, the York Eye and Clifford’s Tower, as well as being taken over the Millennium Bridge as part of next month’s 5.6km route.
Roads expected to be closed on September 14 are Terry Avenue, New Walk, Coppergate, Colliergate, Skeldergate, North Street, Museum Street, Wellington Row, Deangate, Aldwark and Goodramgate. Dean Sharp, sports participation officer at the council, who will be leading some of the weekly cycle rides, said: “It’s all about encouraging families to get off the sofa and on to their bikes.
“York has a great cycling network, in the top two of the country, so it’s important that we use it.” It is not yet clear whether road closures will be needed for these bike rides. To register for Sky Ride York and for information, visit goskyride.com/YorkSkyRide
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