Inaugural Bournemouth Sky Ride attracts 4,000

Campaign hoping to get one million back on bikes by 2012

Another British town got the Sky Ride treatment this weekend, with 4,000 people taking to traffic-free streets in Bournemouth. The event on the south coast was part of a campaign set up to get one million more people back on their bikes and cycling regularly by 2013.

Hosted by Sky, British Cycling and Bournemouth Borough Council, riders tackled the 7.5km loop at their own pace, passing landmarks such as the Lower Gardens and Bournemouth Balloon. Entertainment included a Go-Ride racing course, which allowed youngsters to test their racing skills and receive tips and advice from professional riders and British Cycling coaches.

Sky Ride is bigger than ever in 2011; 24 towns and cities are hosting events on traffic-free streets, allowing people to experience their home town from a new perspective. Rides will take place every weekend throughout the summer, culminating in the Mayor of London’s Sky Ride on 4 September. For more information, visit the Sky Ride website.

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