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Thousands Take Part in Sky Ride
Around 6,000 people have got in their bikes, for a big national cycling event.
The day marked the second event of Sky Ride 2011 - a national campaign to get one million people cycling regularly by 2013.
The free event was hosted by Sky and British Cycling, in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council, and allowed riders to take in the 6km route at their own pace whilst enjoying some of Ipswich’s most well-known landmarks including: The Cornhill, Cromwell Square and Alderman Park.
Lots of the streets were closed off for the event, and people turned out to watch what was going on.
Sky Ride Ambassador Jeff Brazier said: “It’s been a fantastic day here at Sky Ride Ipswich, with people of all ages getting back on their bikes and enjoying cycling around the town on traffic free streets. I just hope that all 6,000 people that have taken part today will be inspired to start cycling more regularly and continue to have fun on two wheels.”
Corin Dimopoulos Sky’s Director of Cycling said: “I’m delighted Sky Ride has come to Ipswich this year and that so many people of all ages and abilities have been able to enjoy cycling through the town. Through our great partnership with Ipswich Borough Council and British Cycling, we hope to build towards our aim of getting one million more Britons cycling regularly by the end of 2013.”
Cllr Bryony Rudkin leisure portfolio-holder for Ipswich Borough Council said: “This was great fun and fantastic to join friends and neighbours all cycling around a car-free town centre in safety. I want to thank Sky and British Cycling, along with all the local clubs and individuals who came along, for making this such a brilliant event. It was also a great occasion for us to promote cycling and other healthy activities we have in place here in Ipswich.”
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