Everyone’s invited to this free family cycling event next month

See the city from the saddle of your bike, on a traffic-free circuit including the Ring Road and Cathedral Quarter.

Coventry will be host to a free cycling festival with a difference next month, letting you get up close to a traffic-free Ring Road and the Cathedral from the saddle of your bike.

HSBC UK Let’s Ride Coventry takes place on Sunday, 8 September across Coventry city centre, and will see the partial closure of the Ring Road to allow for a traffic-free circuit.

Participants are invited to cycle the 5km or smaller 1km routes for as many laps you would like from 11:00 am till 3:00 pm. You don’t have to do the full distance either – just as much or as little as you want. There will be no cars on the road, so you can wobble, zig-zag and stop as much as you like.  

Both experienced and inexperienced cyclists are invited to get involved in this family event.

Broadgate and University Square will be filled with free family activities all day, including music, local street food and live stunt shows.

Bicycle Hire

For those without bicycles, family bike hire is available on the day in Broadgate.

Prices start from £5 for children’s bikes, tagalongs or trailers and £6 for adults’ bikes for an hour, and £9/£11 for 2 hours.

The bike hire will be open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

To hire a bike you will need to bring proof of identification (credit card, driving license or passport) and proof of current address.

Road Closures

To allow the event to take place safely, Coventry City Council will be closing some roads within the city centre from 6:00 am to 6:00 pmbut the Ring Road will remain open clockwise.

Although the anti-clockwise Ring Road carriageway will be closed, you’ll still be able to get from Radford Road to Warwick Road using the slip road from junctions 9-8, 8-7, 7-6.

The railway station access from Junction 6 will also be open as normal. 

New Union Street will be closed from the junction with Greyfriars Lane to Ring Road Junction 6. from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Friars Road and Barracks Car Park Access: From 10.30am – 3.30pm the access route will be from New Union Street eastbound only.  Exit the Ring Road at Junction 6 (Warwick Road). Access to and from Friars Road will be managed by stop/go boards using one carriageway.

There will be no access to Tower Street from Ring Road Junction 1. Follow the Ring Road clockwise and exit at Junction 9 (Radford Road) and use Lamb St. The return route to Junction 9 from Tower St will be via Bishop Street, Corporation St and Upper Well St.

Pool Meadow Bus Station will remain open, but there will be some diversions in place.

On narrow and busy parts of the route, barriers will direct pedestrians to designated crossing points and there will be diversions on Priory St, Cuckoo Lane, Pepper Lane, Bayley Lane, Cope Street, Cox Street and Whitefriars Lane.

City centre shopping car parks will be open as normal, except Salt Lane. The nearest alternative is Barracks car park, which is accessed via Ring Road Junction 6 (Warwick Road).

On-street parking, taxi ranks and disabled bays will be suspended on roads affected by the route.

To find out more and sign up for free, visit Let’s Ride’s website.