Come, and Ride Leicester!

I'll be escaping London and making my way to Leicester for the August long weekend to take part in the Ride Leicester Bike Festival.

On Friday (the 26th) I'll be joining with Leicester's everyday and ordinary cyclists for a Critical Mass ride around the pedestrianised city centre.  I'm really looking forward to exploring the city's cycling scene a bit more and meeting some of the people who ride.

And on the evening of Saturday the 27th I'll be speaking at the Phoenix Arts Centre at 6.30PM.  There's great food and drink, great company and I'll be giving a talk about inviting cycling and building Leicester's bicycle culture, exploring why Leicester isn't London and London isn't Copenhagen, the three cities' differences and what they can each learn from one another.  Earlier in the year the city played host to the Building Cycling Cultures Conference, headed up by Dr David Horton.  It's got a large pedestrianised centre where bicycles are welcome, two national cycle routes passing through the city or close by, beautiful riverside and canal trails  and a brand new guarded bike parking hub in the centre.  What's more it's own City Council research suggests that traffic density has reached capacity - average speeds are not much higher than in London - in short, I'll be exploring how the city could be on the cusp of embracing its own cycling revolution.  Aptly enough, I'm followed by stand up comedy in the Phoenix cafe bar so there should be some good laughs one way or another!

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Fun for all ages on the Leicester SkyRide! (photo via MichaelH on Flickr)

On Sunday morning thousands of people from across Leicester and the surrounding area will take to 5km of safe streets closed to all other traffic for the Leicester SkyRide.  Part of a national program of cycling events taking place all over the country it promises to be a fun, family-friendly environment and a great way to see the city.

So if you're in the area, are interested in bikes, or even if you're just thinking of starting to ride, do come along.  It's sure to be a fun two-wheeled weekend!

For further information and any questions, please see the Ride Leicester Facebook page.

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GreenComotion said...

I like family-friendly cycling events better. It is a bit far away for me to participate, but you guys have fun!

Peace :)

Clive Chapman said...

Hi mate,

If you haven't already, you need to talk to this bloke. Top feller!



Unknown said...

Hello Mark and thank you Clive.

I look forward to meeting you on Friday. You'll love our mass - very different to others around the world we think.

ibikelondon said...

Looking forward to meeting you too! I think Leicester's CM has a really cool vibe, from what I've heard, and I can't wait to experience it first hand and meet all the cyclists.