Bolton residents are being urged to get on their bikes and meet their Olympic hero as Sky Ride comes to Bolton.
Jason Kenny, double Olympic 2012 gold medallist, will be joining thousands of cyclists as they take to Bolton’s streets for Sky Ride on Sunday 16 September.
The free cycling event will take place in his home town of Bolton for the first time, offering everyone the chance to ride through the town on traffic-free streets, taking in some of the town’s key landmarks.
The route will be open and traffic-free from 10am to 4pm, allowing participants to take part in the ride at their own pace. With no official start point or start time, cyclists can ride as much or as little of the route as they want.
There will be traffic disruption with Deansgate, Le Mans Crescent, Howell Croft North and South, Victoria Square South, Gilnow Road, Tudor Avenue, Chorley Street and Spa Roads closed to traffic from 6am to 6pm on Sunday, September 16, and restricted access on Chorley New Road and other adjoining roads.
Riders can stop off at the Activation Points at Victoria Square and Queens Park to meet up with family and friends and enjoy the free entertainment and try out some of the many activities on offer.
Jason will officially open the route on Howell Croft North at 10.30am where he will start to cycle the route. Throughout the day he will visit the Activation Points to meet people and cheer the riders on their way and he will also sign cyclists’ Sky Ride bibs in the BC Café.
Jason Kenny said: “I'm really looking forward to coming to Bolton and supporting my home town’s first Sky Ride City event. I am proud to support any event which is so great at inspiring people to get on their bike and enjoy cycling with family and friends on traffic-free streets. I can’t wait to see everyone coming together in Bolton to enjoy what is going to be a fantastic day,”
Councillor Christopher Peacock, Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Sport said: “With thousands of people already signed-up for the event, Jason, the British cycling team and Sky Ride have already inspired many local people to re-discover the fun of bike riding.
“As the last mass cycling Sky Ride event of the year, we are delighted to share in the celebrations of the biggest year for cycling Britain has ever seen and a fantastic year for sport in Bolton.”
To register for free and explore Bolton on two wheels, visit www.goskyride.com/bolton