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Get out on your bike in Calderdale: Calderdale Council joins national campaign to get more people cycling

Calderdale Council has announced that it’s partnering with British Cycling and West Yorkshire Metro to encourage thousands of people to dust off their bikes and get cycling again.

Calderdale is a great place to cycle, and now there are even more opportunities to get out and about on your bike in the area.

Calderdale residents will have the opportunity to take part in two Sky Ride events this summer. Leeds will host its first ever Sky Ride event on Sunday 7 July, marking one year to go to the Tour de France Yorkshire Grand D├ępart 2014. Sky Ride returns to Bradford for a fourth time on Sunday 11 August. It’ll be a great opportunity to ride with family and friends on a traffic free route in a very special atmosphere. There’ll be loads of free things for the whole family to do on the day!

Look out for the Sky Ride Local programme which will offer a series of free, fun, guided bike rides around Calderdale, starting in July and running through to the end of September. Guided by friendly British Cycling Ride Leaders along scenic planned routes, they’re a great way to get out and see your local area on two wheels. With different levels, there are rides for all abilities whether you’re building your confidence or already comfortable on a bike and looking for a challenge.

To get more women on their bikes, British Cycling’s Breeze network is also coming to Calderdale. Breeze is the biggest programme ever to get more women into riding bikes for fun. The aim is to help thousands more women feel confident and comfortable about bike riding.

If riding with friends is more your thing, check out the social network for cyclists. Social Cycling Groups is the ideal opportunity to take control of your cycling, discover new chances to ride and make some friends along the way. Rides are organised all year round by cyclists across your area. If you enjoy cycling, then youll love this.

Double Olympic Champion Jason Kenny, OBE said:

“Cycling is a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy, plus it’s lots of fun too. I’d encourage everyone, of all ages and abilities, to get out on their bikes and take part in a Sky Ride Local ride in Calderdale this summer.”

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Cllr Barry Collins, said:

“We’re delighted that Sky Ride Local is coming to Calderdale this summer. This is a great chance for families to exercise and see the borough’s amazing cycling routes and stunning scenery, as part of a safe and guided event.”

To be part of the cycling revolution and book onto a bike ride, visit goskyride.com(external link) |External link

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