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Parson Cross roads to close as free cycling taster event comes to Sheffield

14 September 2017

Press release from British Cycling

Part of Parson Cross will be closed to motor vehicles on Sunday morning for the first in a series of free cycling taster sessions in the city.

Sections of Holgate Road, Holgate Avenue and Holgate Cross will be closed from 10am to 12pm for the Let’s Ride Pop-up event, where cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to ride on a traffic-free circuit as many times as they want, at a pace that suits them.

The session is the first of three monthly events which complement the existing cycling activity in the city, following on from the success of July’s HSBC UK City Ride.

It is the first time an event such as this has been held in Parson Cross and organisers are hoping it will encourage more people to take to two wheels.

Free bikes will be available to hire on the day from Russell’s Bike Shed on Holgate Avenue, on a first come, first served basis. British Cycling volunteers will be on hand for the duration of the event to ensure peace of mind and safety for all riders.

Helen Webster, British Cycling’s partnership manager for Sheffield, said: “From complete beginners to those wanting to take things up a gear, the Lets Ride Pop-up sessions will be an ideal way for people to discover or rediscover a love of cycling, and to improve their skills.

“Regardless of age or ability, people will be able to come down and build up their confidence with the help of trained British Cycling coaches and volunteers.”

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “These traffic-free rides in Parson Cross are a great way for local people to gain confidence on two wheels, get involved in the community or just have some fun with the family.

“While cycling is already very popular in the city, we want to encourage more Sheffielders to take up cycling, and I hope that many local residents will come along and kick-start a passion for pedalling.”

For more information, visit letsride.co.uk or click on one of the following links:

  • Sunday 17 September
  • Sunday 15 October
  • Sunday 19 November

Can you spare a couple of hours a month to help out at Let’s Ride Pop-up Sheffield? Email letsridepop-up@britishcycling.org.uk to register your interest.