There are just four days to go until this year’s Sky Ride Plymouth and cyclists of all ages and abilities are gearing up for another fantastic fun-packed event.
Local BMX pro Charlotte Green and new Lord Mayor, Councillor Dr John Mahony will kick off the action at 9.30am on Sunday before thousands of people from across the region take to the road on their bikes.
The eight-kilometre circular route will start outside Saltram House before heading off to the St Boniface Arena speedway track. Cyclists will then pass through Sainsbury’s before taking in the newly refurbished Laira Rail Bridge and returning to Saltram via The Ride.
Plymouth City Council and British Cycling have organised a packed programme of activities for the day, extreme mountain bike shows, skills workshops, fitness and cycle skills sessions and outdoor games.
After completing the ride, cyclists can enjoy a gentle stroll around the stunning gardens at Saltram and meet the National Trust’s gardeners. There will also be lots of information about Sky Ride Local guided rides, Breeze women’s rides and Ride Social cycling, as well as local cycling clubs and shops.
Councillor Philippa Davey, the Council’s Cycling Commissioner, said: “Sky Ride Plymouth will offer families a great day out, with loads to do both on and off a bike. There will be music and entertainment, competitions, extreme challenges and much more, for cyclists of all ages and abilities.”
The following traffic restrictions will be in place from 7am to 2.30pm on Sunday:
• no left hand turn into or out of Old Laira Road
• only one lane open on westbound side of Embankment Road (heading towards city centre) and 30mph speed reduction in place
• temporary suspension of bus stops on Embankment Road
• no right hand turn into Lanhydrock Road
• temporary suspension of bus lane from Coypool Road to Plymouth Road
• no vehicle access on The Ride between the recycling centre and Saltram Park (only cycles allowed)
Full details, along with a map of the route, are available on our Sky Ride Plymouth page.
To register for Sky Ride Plymouth and find out about all the great ways you can get back on your bike this summer visit the Sky Ride website. Everyone who registers will be entitled to a free expert bike check (worth £14.99) at Halfords and a reflective Sky Ride bib.