Glasgow has been announced as one of the locations included in the HSBC UK City Ride Programme which will bring a mass participation ride to Scotland in 2017.
The announcement of the new mass participation events is the first step towards British Cycling and HSBC UK’s ambition to make cycling the UK’s most popular activity and sport of choice. Together they are working towards getting two million people on bikes by 2020.
HSBC UK City Ride dates
Birmingham – 11 June
Nottingham – 18 June
Southampton - 25 June
Newcastle – 2 July
Sheffield – 16 July
Manchester – 23 July
Cardiff – 6 August
Leicester – 13 August
Bristol – 20 August
Glasgow – 27 August
Leeds – 10 September
Coventry – 17 September
Liverpool – 24 September
Scotland’s most successful cycling Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy said:
“We want everyone to relive the freedom and thrill that comes when you get on a bike. The HSBC UK City Rides will ensure that thousands of people across the UK get the chance to enjoy cycling through their city on traffic-free roads, inspiring them to make cycling part of their everyday lives.
“By opening up the roads of some of our biggest cities, we want to demonstrate the change and benefits that can come from having cities with fewer cars and more bikes. This is a vision that British Cycling and HSBC UK are determined to drive forward over the course of the next four years.”
Craig Burn, Chief Executive of Scottish Cycling said:
“Scottish Cycling is delighted that Glasgow will be hosting a HSBC UK City Ride in August and look forward to welcoming everyone to the friendly city. We want to work with British Cycling and HSBC UK to make sure that there are as many opportunities for people to get on their bikes as possible so we can develop a nation of cyclists. The HSBC UK City Ride is just the beginning and we look forward to being part of this new and exciting journey to help achieve the goal of getting two million people cycling by 2020.”
Giles Morgan, HSBC’s Global Head of Sponsorship, said:
“Our partnership with British Cycling is all about ensuring that anyone, anywhere in the UK has the opportunity and inspiration to get on their bike, whether that is for travel, fitness or fun. Over the next eight years we will work with British Cycling to embed cycling into communities up and down the country and inspire two million people to get on their bikes.
“We know that more people cycling will lead to a healthier, greener, happier nation, making a significant impact on issues such as obesity, depression and pollution. Cycling can be the solution to so many problems in this country and HSBC UK City Rides is the first step on that journey.”
For more details and to register for free, visit – letsride.co.uk