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News Release – Issued by City of York Council

York gears up for weekend of cycling

After the spectacular Tour de France Grand Depart cycling fever is set to hit York once again on September 13 and 14, as the annual Festival of Cycling and Sky Ride York take place in the city.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “After the amazing success of the Tour de France in York, this weekend gives people who may not be seasoned cyclists the chance to give cycling a go in a friendly and safe environment. People will even get the rare opportunity to ride on traffic free roads in the centre of York, just like the professional cyclists who took part in the Tour de France.”

The renowned York Festival of Cycling will once again take place in Rowntree Park over the weekend with all sorts of pedal powered activities for residents and visitors to take part in. There will be bikes of all shapes and sizes including adaptive bikes and penny farthings for people to test ride.

There will also be an ‘AirBag’ for dare devils to try out their tricks on without the worry of a hard landing. Stunt team ‘The Clan’ will be on hand throughout the weekend to entertain people with their breathtaking stunt show, showing some of the amazing tricks that can be done on two wheels.

On Sunday 14 September Sky Ride York will take place giving people the chance to ride around a 5.6km traffic free loop taking in some of the city’s picturesque streets and historic landmarks. The route will be open from 10.30am-4pm giving residents the chance to ride it as much, or as little as they want and at a pace to suit everyone. There will be plenty of entertainment on-site including the Ride Social Bike Café providing refreshments and a brand new ‘Tricks & Tunes’ area that takes cycling to the extreme. Sky Ride York is rolling out a real festival atmosphere.

Sky Ride York forms part of the Cycle Yorkshire legacy after the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart. The legacy aims to get more people cycling more often. Residents and visitors can sign up to Sky Ride York at


The council’s five key priorities for 2011-2015 are:

• Create jobs and grow the economy
• Get York moving
• Build strong communities
• Protect vulnerable people
• Protect the environment

The council’s cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism is Councillor Sonja Crisp on 07876 176931

For further information please contact:
Chris Day
Communications Assistant
City of York Council
Tel: 01904 551927
Fax: 01904 551064
Mob/out of hours: 07767318082