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Thousands get on their bikes for York Sky Ride as Festival of Cycling gets under way
9:30am Monday 16th September 2013 in News
MORE than 5,500 people got on their bikes and took to the traffic-free streets of York when the city staged its first Sky Ride.
The ride, officially started at the Eye of York by top cyclist Ben Swift, a member of leading professional racing outfit Team Sky, was an opportunity to enjoy a ride through the city without danger from cars.
Participants passed landmarks such as Clifford’s Tower, the Minster and the Millennium Bridge.
City of York Council hopes the event, held as the city prepares to host the Tour De France next summer, has encouraged more residents to get on their bikes and ride for fun.
Mr Bayley, a keen cyclist, said: “I hope the event encourages more people to get on their bikes and join in the fun.”
Coun Crisp said the event had been a “phenomenal” sucess. “Families and friends have enjoyed the many free activities set up for them today and it has given them a unique opportunity to enjoy cycling together and to see even more of our beautiful city.”
Ben, from Rotherham, who said he used to come cycle racing in York as a child, said: “It’s great to see this happening.”
Among the most popular points was York Minster, where professional artists helped riders decorate their bikes.
Meanwhile, the fourth Festival of Cycling was also staged over the weekend in Rowntree Park, featuring bikes of all shapes and sizes for people to try out, including penny farthings, tandems, electric bikes and specially adapted bikes for people with special needs.
The “AirBag” was on hand for cyclists seeking more of a thrill, allowing BMXers to jump off a ramp and perform tricks in the air with the knowledge that they would have a cushioned landing from the airbag.
Stunt team The Clan also performed several of their signature breathtaking stunt shows.
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