Schools’ bike ride kicks off summer of cycling

Published on 29 June 2015

LEICESTER’S annual schools’ bike ride will kick off a summer of cycling events in the city.

The mass bike ride – which attracts more than 400 pupils from across the city and county – will give children the chance to show off the new cycling skills they have learned during their Bikeability training.

School children, cycling instructors, ride leaders and teachers will set off from schools around Leicester and converge at Orton Square in the city centre on Friday 3 July.

They’ll then be treated to a fun-packed comedy show inside Curve theatre, with Filbert Fox from Leicester City Football Club and children’s TV presenter Tiernan Dioueb (corr).

The schools’ ride is the start of Leicester’s Summer of Cycling promotions, which culminate with the Ride Leicester Festival, Castle Classic cycle racing and the family Sky Ride in August.

Pupils participating in the schools’ ride and their families are being encouraged to register early for Sky Ride Leicester at to be entitled to a free expert bike check at Halfords, worth £14.99.

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor responsible for energy and sustainability, said: “Leicester’s schools’ ride is a summer tradition – it's now in its tenth year and is probably the biggest mass ride for children in the country.

“Pupils from 14 schools are joining in this year and it’s a fantastic warm-up for children and families who might be learning to ride together for the first time.

“The schools’ ride is one of a range of initiatives aimed at making cycling accessible to as many people as possible in Leicester. Families can also join our weekly programme of guided rides and enjoy getting around by bike over the summer, not least because of our Connecting Leicester scheme, which amongst other things is improving cycling infrastructure across the city.”

The schools’ ride marks the start of lots of different cycling-related activities that are free and open to everyone, including the Sky Ride, local led rides and the city’s annual Ride Leicester festival, which runs from 15-30 August.

The city council’s Bikeability training programmes have taught more than 2,500 children and adults to ride with confidence over the last 12 months.

To find out more about Leicester’s summer of cycling, visit