Traffic-free Sheffield ride will capture Tour’s spirit

Launch of Sky Ride to ensure legacy of Tour lives on
Launch of Sky Ride to ensure legacy of Tour lives on
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A sea of up to 10,000 people is set to pedal through Sheffield in the city’s first ever Sky Ride.

Cyclists of all ages will take part in the free event – stretching from Devonshire Green to Endcliffe Park, then to Bramall Lane and back to the city centre.

The family ride is one of 15 major cycling events taking place across the country to ensure a ‘Tour legacy’.

Cyclists will be able to ride in a traffic-free environment and will also include extreme challenges, music and entertainment at various stops along the route.

Coun Isobel Bowler, culture cabinet member at Sheffield Council, said: “After the Tour de France comes to Sheffield one of the key things is to make sure we are as welcoming as possible to all the cycling tourists we know we are going to get.

“There is already a sense that more people are cycling in the city centre and it’s partly about going to the next stage, saying to people who might cycle in Derbyshire ‘come to the city centre and see how you enjoy it’.”

The Sky Ride takes place on Sunday, August 10, and is organised by Sky, British Cycling and the city council.

Dad Toby Wilson, of Broomhill, Sheffield, is taking part with his six-year-old sons Max and Jago, aged three.

The 41-year-old said they were looking forward to the event.

He said: “Max is of the age where he is just getting his confidence but some roads are quite busy.

“So to have an event like this with no traffic is brilliant.”

The council has also announced that 40 bright yellow recycled bikes and 40 flags will on display along the Tour route on July 6 – and is inviting people to come forward for the best locations for them.

n Email with ideas for the event and visit to sign up for the Sheffield Sky Ride.