Space4Cycling big bike ride

Join us on a Big Bike Ride in Leeds on Saturday 17th May to support the national Space for Cycling Campaign, meeting at 12pm in Millennium Square. The plan is to ride around the city centre, and then out to Kirkstall abbey. If the weather is fine please feel free to bring a picnic.

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Who can attend?

Any adult (16+) can attend, and children can take part if they are competent cyclists and are accompanied by an adult. You are responsible for the children you’re accompanying!


Meeting point and route:

We are meeting at 12pm in Millennium Square, and will ride around the city centre (about 2 miles) and then out to Kirkstall Abbey (about 3 more miles).

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What to wear:

We’re encouraging everyone to wear primary colours: Blue for Leeds Cycling Campaign, Red for the national Space4Cycling campaign, and Yellow for the Tour de France of course! The forecast is for largely fine weather but there is always a chance of showers. We encourage everyone to bring a shower-proof jacket and maybe a warm layer to put on when we stop.


Bling up your Bike!

Feel free to join in the fun by decorating your bike. We’ll provide “Space for Cycling” bike placards but you can add ribbons, plastic flowers, spokey dokeys or anything else you can attach. Just make sure your bike still works properly and there’s no risk of anything getting tangled up! Electrical tape is good as it won't harm your paintwork.

You can come along on any type of bike, but please check that it works properly before you set out (tyres, brakes, chain, gears, steering, saddle). You may also want to bring a spare tube or a puncture repair kit and pump, though there will be experienced marshals around to help with any mechanical problems. If you haven’t cycled in a group before, you can read our short rides guide here for some tips.


Food and drink:

Please feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy at Kirkstall Abbey, and you may want to bring a drink and snacks for during the ride.

There are toilets at Leeds Railway Station and the LIGHT shopping centre close to Millennium square – both of these charge a small fee (around 40p). Toilets are also available at Kirkstall Abbey, and there is a café at Abbey House museum close to the Abbey.


Feeder Rides:

If you’d like to ride in to Leeds with others, there are groups riding in together from the following locations:

East Leeds: Tony will coordinate, starting from outside Argos in Colton Retail Centre. If you'd like to join this ride please leave your name on the Doodle poll so we can expect you. Here's the link

Roundhay: A group will meet at the normal Easy Riders meeting point and time (the Old Tram Terminus car park at Roundhay Park, 10.50 - 10.30) and Gerri will lead a ride into the city centre.

Headingley: Amanda and Mike will be at St Chad's church in Headingley at 11.30.


Returning home:

The event formally ends at Kirkstall Abbey, but several of our ride leaders will be returning to the city centre and will be happy to guide others. If you join the event through a feeder ride, feel free to ask the coordinator whether they’ll be returning to the start point afterwards.


Any comments or questions please feel free to email us, or add to the discussion on facebook.

Saturday, 17 May, 2014
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