Ipswich: Town gears up for Sky Ride spectacular

IPSWICH: On your bikes, Ipswich!

A free cycle spectacular is coming to Suffolk’s county town next month – and we want YOU to take part.


Up to 8,000 people are expected to pedal their way around the streets of Ipswich when Sky Ride comes to town – with the emphasis firmly on fun.


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The event, which takes place on June 12, is the result of a collaboration between Ipswich Borough Council, Sky and British Cycling.


Route: Ipswich Sky Ride 2011. View in a larger map

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TV personality Jeff Brazier, is backing Sky Ride – he has been nominated as Ipswich’s ambassador for the initiative and he will be on his bike in town on the day.


It is the first time Sky Ride has come to Suffolk – but, now in its third year, it is firmly established in a number of the UK’s major cities, including London where tens of thousands of people take part.


The aim is to encourage people of all ages and abilities to ride around the town on traffic-free streets at their own pace and rediscover all the fun that getting on a bike can offer.


Councillor Bryony Rudkin, Ipswich Borough Council’s leisure portfolio-holder, said: “I love the concept of Sky Ride and the chance for families to get out on their bikes in a safe car-free fun environment.


“I hope many thousands of all ages will come out on June 12 and make it a two-wheeled day to remember.”


The ride takes place between 10am and 4pm – those taking part can stay for as long as they choose.


There will be entertainment and refreshments around the course.


Sky Ride 2011 will build on the success of the last two years, with the initiative so far having resulted in 376,400 more people cycling regularly.


For more information and to register visit www.goskyride.com


Where is your favourite spot in Suffolk to get on your bike? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@evening star.co.uk

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