City Ride comes to Leeds this weekend

On Sunday 10 September, the HSBC UK City Ride cycle festival will be arriving on streets around Leeds, and the route will come through campus.


It is expected more than 8,000 bike riders will take the opportunity to cycle a specially created, traffic-free route across the city centre.

You can take advantage of the chance to see Leeds from a slightly different perspective, from behind the handlebars of your bike.

The City Ride route starts in Millennium Square, swings around the eastern part of the city centre and across Woodhouse Moor before coming on to campus. The riders will come down University Road, past the Great Hall before turning down round the back of the Laidlaw Library along Hilary Place and out in to Calverley Street and back towards Millennium Square.

Roads around the University will be closed to traffic and there will be restrictions on where pedestrians can cross the road but there will be marshals on the route to give help and assistance.The route map is now available to download.

Suzanne Glavin, Head of Sport and Physical Activity, said: “We are delighted to again be part of this mass participation event and hope that as many as possible will join in and take part. We are keen to promote being more regularly active and see these type of opportunities as a great way to get more people active.”

Riders of all ages and abilities will be able to take part.

Along the 6.5km route, there will be entertainment and music and riders can pick up a free HSBC UK City Ride bib.

If you don’t fancy cycling the traffic-free route, there will be a pop-up street velodrome at Millennium square along with an opportunity to try some virtual reality track cycling.

There will also be a Kids’ Zone where younger cyclists can learn new skills from British Cycling’s HSBC UK Go-Ride crew.

Read more on the City Ride site.

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