Thousands of people are expected to take part in a free mass bike ride being held in West London next month.
The Mayor of London's Skyride in Hounslow on Sunday 9 August will give cyclists of all ages and abilities the chance to cycle along a special 10km traffic-free route.
Mayor Boris Johnson praised Hounslow as the “hidden gem” of West London as he urged people from across the capital to take part.
He said: “Hounslow is blessed with some of the most fantastic green spaces, and to misquote Michael Caine, ‘not a lot of people know that’.
"Those that take part will experience the fun of cycling free from interference from cars, sharing in a celebration of the bike – the cleanest, greenest, handiest way of getting about town.”
The route – click on the thumbnail above for a map – takes in parks, impressive mansions and plenty of other historic buildings and places. Organisers are promising a "carnival atmosphere". Children can get involved in Go Ride, where they are taught how to become better, safer riders, and there will be a lakeside picnic ground.
Organised led rides from five different parts of West London will give less confident cyclists the opportunity to join in. Rides will depart from the following locations in the morning, returning in the afternoon:
- Feltham Railway Station
- Bushy Park, Teddington
- Ealing Town Hall, Ealing
- Barra Hill Park, Hillingdon
- Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith
The event has been organised by broadcaster Sky, with support from British Cycling. The aim is to get one million more people cycling in the next five years by inspiring people through events like the Mayor of London's Skyride – Hounslow.
Corin Dimopoulos, Sky’s director of cycling, said: “It’s great to be bringing Skyride to Hounslow, home of Sky’s headquarters for the past two decades. We hope thousands will enjoy the traffic-free route and entertainment we’re laying on, whether they’re cycling novices or regular riders.”
In the run-up to the Hounslow event, there will be a series of free group rides led by trained cycle leaders from British Cycling.
To register for the Mayor of London’s Skyride – Hounslow, or for more information about local events, visit www.goskyride.com.