Apr 192012
 
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As you may or not be aware, Go Sky Ride has announced its 2012 event schedule. This year’s schedule does not include a flagship London event due to the Olympics but many other big cities make a welcome return after the 2011 rides.

Registration is now available for the following Sky Ride City Events:

Plymouth – 13th May
Kent – 27th May
Bath – 3rd June
Bournemouth – 10th June
Preston – 17th June
Bradford – 1st July
Southampton – 1st July
Stockton-on-Tees – 8th July
Manchester – 15th July
Birmingham – 19th August
Hull – 19th August
Blackpool – 28th August
Leicester – 26th August
Milton Keynes – 26th August
Ipswich – 9th September
Bolton – 16th September

Big Breeze Bike Ride

Additionally, British Cycling’s women’s focused Breeze network will have its own ride event in Hull on June 24th. Women will be invited to join an informal Breeze ride around Hull’s East Park.

The Hull event is part of a wider Breeze campaign to get thousands of women riding a bike at the same time on the weekend of 23-24 June.

Breeze wants women to arrange informal bike rides with other women wherever they live. These rides can be big or small; in a park or around a local area, in fact anywhere.

The purpose of Breeze rides is to give women an opportunity to get out on local, friendly and informal group rides with other women, where the focus is primarily on having fun.

Breeze hopes to make available soon a Big Breeze Bike Ride downloadable toolkit which will include resources like invites, picnic plans, tips, ideas and pictures.

Become a Breeze Champion

Breeze is also expanding it Breeze Champion training program that encourages women to lead and organise rides for women in their local area. To become a champion, interested women have to attend a one day course to learn more about the Breeze network, how to lead a bike ride, and pick up good practice tips.

As well as free national governing body training, champions receive kit and on going support. In return, women selected as Breeze Champions promote the Breeze network and deliver around 14 rides a year.

Courses are taking place across the UK with the following dates and cities/towns now taking bookings:

The following courses are now taking bookings:

Saturday 12th May – Cambridge
Saturday 19th May – Hillingdon (London)
Saturday 19th May – Barking (London)
Saturday 19th May – Carlisle
Saturday 26th May – Nottingham
Saturday 26th May – Northumberland
Saturday 26th May – Bolton
Saturday 9th June – Staffordshire
Saturday 9th June – Kirklees
Saturday 9th June – Manchester
Saturday 9th June – Preston
Saturday 9th June – Croydon / Bromley
Saturday 16th June – Haringey (London)
Saturday 16th June – Oxford
Saturday 16th June – Shropshire
Saturday 16th June – Surrey
Saturday 16th June – Liverpool
Saturday 23rd June – Southampton
Saturday 23rd June – Kent
Saturday 23rd June – Rotherham
Saturday 23rd June – Tower Hamlets
Saturday 23rd June – Watford / Dacorum
Saturday 23rd June – Leicester
Saturday 30th June – Birmingham (Great Barr)
Saturday 30th June – Slough
Saturday 30th June – South Durham
Saturday 30th June – Bournemouth
Saturday 30th June – Camden (London)
Saturday 30th June – Somerset

If you’d like to reserve a place please download, complete and return this application form to breeze@britishcycling.org.uk. Breeze is hopeful online applications will be available soon.

A target of 25,000 local Breeze bike ride opportunities has been made over next three years by British Cycling.


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See also

Feasibility study for Leicester cycle hire scheme

Tube style map shows Birmingham’s traffic-free cycle routes

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