Over 10,000 people took to the street for Let’s Ride

Thousands of locals took advantage of the opportunity to cycle through Coventry’s traffic-free streets, as part of HSBC UK Let’s Ride in Coventry this past weekend.

A record-breaking total of 10,500 people got on their bikes to tackle the 5km HSBC Let’s Ride Coventry course, which set off from opposite the Council House on Sunday, taking in local landmarks and a host of family-friendly activities on the way.

Participants were able to tackle laps of the Ring Road as well as enjoy all sorts of cycling-related fun in the city centre.

Festival zones at Broadgate and University Square featured attractions such as an extreme mountain bike show and a question and answer session with former BMX world track champion and West Midlands Cycling and Walking Ambassador Shanaze Reade.

There was also a circus skills workshop, a bike security stand with West Midlands Police, a skills course and lots more.

Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member Public Health and Sport at Coventry City Council, said: “Let’s Ride is always a really popular event and it’s great to see it getting bigger and better every year.

“The atmosphere in the city centre was brilliant, with lots of families having fun and taking the opportunity to ride the Ring Road. There were people of all ages joining in and getting a little more confident on their bikes and a little healthier.

“In our year as European City of Sport and our Year of Wellbeing, we want to see as many people as possible – both young and old – given the opportunity to be more active and to enjoy sport as part of their leisure time.

“HSBC UK Let’s Ride Coventry is a great example of that work and I am delighted to see so many people joining in and showing what a great healthy, sporting city we are!” 

Further opportunities to join guided, free-to-attend bike rides in and around Coventry are available at letsride.co.uk, including smaller traffic-free Let’s Ride Pop Up events in the War Memorial Park on 15 September and Edgwick Park on 29 September.