Saddle up for Let’s Ride Leeds 2019

It’s time to get on your bike and sign up for this year’s instalment of the hugely popular free family cycle ride through the city.

Cyclists young and old are invited to take part in Let’s Ride Leeds 2019

Cyclists young and old are invited to take part in Let’s Ride 2019. August 2019

HSBC UK Let’s Ride Leeds is back for 2019.

The free family cycling festival takes to the city’s streets on Sunday 1 September. Six kilometres of city centre roads – including a section of our campus – will be closed to motor traffic to give thousands of people the perfect opportunity to explore Leeds on two wheels.

The event – part of a series being held across the country – seeks to inspire people to get on their bikes to combat some of the societal issues that blight Leeds and other major cities. Leeds is currently undertaking a range of work to tackle and improve air quality in the city.

This year’s event will once again have a strong community focus, linking up with local attractions. Along the route there will be a range of local community groups, bike shops, live stunt shows, music, street food and giveaways, with participants encouraged to hop off their bikes and find out more.

Archive image from the City Ride in 2017 as it went through the University campus July 2018This year's Let’s Ride Leeds route will once again head through part of our campus

As in previous years, the route will take in part of campus, and our Bike Hub will be offering a free maintenance pit-stop for everyone to ensure their cycles are working safely, with a team from Leeds Sport waiting to meet you all at the cycle fair in Millennium Square.

Suzanne Glavin, Head of Sport at Leeds, said: “HSBC UK Let’s Ride Leeds is another exciting opportunity to get active on your bike on traffic-free roads and to meet our team at the cycle fair in Millennium Square, to learn more about how to stay active, free cycling opportunities at our Boddington Cycle Circuit and gain more information about our Bike Hub on campus.”

But if you can’t wait until September to saddle up, Bodington Cycle Circuit is providing a free cycle circuit family experience for all colleagues who are planning to take part in the event. Available throughout August, this great offer will help you prepare for the big day by building up both fitness and confidence, plus it’s a fantastic day out for all the family.

Let's Ride Leeds 2019 campus route map. August 2019Several roads through campus will be closed during the event

The section of the route through campus will remain unchanged from last year (see the map above), with associated road closure warnings issued to staff and students.

There will be no access to campus between 6am and 4pm from University Road, the main entrance or Willow Terrace.

There will be no parking along the route – University Road, Cavendish Road, Hillary Place, Vernon Road and Willow Terrace – during the same period and no access to the multi-storey or Edge car parks.

Colleagues are also reminded not to leave their vehicles in these areas overnight as they may be unable to move them on Sunday morning until the end of the event.

Campus access will be available via Mount Preston Street but parking will be severely limited.

Find out more about HSBC UK Let’s Ride Leeds 2019 and sign up to take part.

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