I love the idea of cycling as a family, but one of the things that tends to put us off is the thought of having to negotiate busy roads. Often though there are traffic free routes even in the heart of the city, but they may take a little seeking out. It’s a lot easier to get started if you take part in an event that has that all covered for you.
British Cycling’s mantra is ‘Let’s Ride’ and in partnership with their sponsors HSBC UK they have put on ‘City Rides’ in 14 major cities in the UK this year, including my home city Birmingham. City Rides are aimed at getting friends, family, old and new cyclists on their bikes through putting on entertainment – whilst closing down some of the nearby roads to offer a traffic free cycling experience. These are really popular events that attract thousands of participants in each city and to supplement these large events British Cycling also put on a number of ‘Let’s Ride Pop-Up’ events, which are essentially a City Ride on a smaller scale more regularly throughout the year. To get an idea of what it’s all about, have a look at this short video.
This weekend (Sunday 8th October) there’s a Let’s Ride Pop-Up event in Cannon Hill Park https://www.letsride.co.uk/rides/lets-ride-pop-up-birmingham-cannon-hill-park For anyone who doesn’t know the park well, it’s a great place to cycle especially with young children as it’s reasonably flat, but because it’s a fairly big park for one in the city, you can still get a decent ride in and you can go around the circuit as many times as you want. Cannon Hill Park is situated in Edgbaston, not far from the county cricket ground. It has a couple of car parks and there are toilet and cafe facilities available within the park. There is limited free bike hire available if you’d like to give it a go, but you don’t currently have bikes.
Disclosure: This post is in association with British Cycling.