More than 7,500 people joined Jason Kenny, triple Olympic gold medallist for Sky Ride Bolton on Sunday, September 16, 2012.
Many more came out to watch and experience the day as cyclists took to traffic-free streets to explore the town on their bikes.
Bolton Council teamed up with British Cycling and Sky to make the sixteenth and final event of Sky Ride 2012 a great success - Sky ride is part of a national campaign to get one million more people cycling regularly by 2013, encouraging people of all ages and abilities to get back on their bikes and rediscover the fun they can have on two wheels.
The free cycling event allowed participants to enjoy the 5km route at their own pace whilst taking in some of the town’s most notable landmarks and green spaces. Riders and spectators were treated to a variety of activities and entertainment throughout the day in Victoria Square, Queens Park and along the route.
Jason Kenny, triple Olympic gold medallist, commented: “It was fantastic being here in Bolton for Sky Ride today and great to see so many people in my home town riding their bikes and enjoying a really good day out. It’s been an exciting summer for British Cycling and it’s great to see that initiatives like Sky Ride are giving people an opportunity to get on their bikes and be inspired to cycle more regularly.”
Councillor Christopher Peacock, Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Sport said: “It was a pleasure to ride the route and it was heart-warming to see so many people, particularly children, on their bikes having fun cycling on our traffic-free streets. The success of British cycling has truly inspired the people of Bolton to dust off their bikes and get out there and give it a go.
“With rising levels of obesity, it is essential that people get active and adopt healthier lifestyles to benefit their long term health and wellbeing - Jason is a fantastic role model, inspiring Boltonians to take up cycling and sport on the back of his and Team GB’s success.”
“A big thank you goes to Jason, British Cycling, Sky and their partners for helping us put on such an amazing event.”
Sky’s Director of Cycling Tricia Thompson added: It’s an incredible time for cycling with all the success we’ve experienced this summer - there has never been a better time to be inspired and get involved in cycling. That’s why it was great to see so many thousands of people in Bolton today being inspired by Jason Kenny and embracing the opportunity to get out on their bikes with their friends and family and cycle around the traffic-free town. Through our partnership with Bolton Council and British Cycling we hope to build towards our aim of getting one million more Britons cycling regularly by the end of 2013.”
Sky Ride Bolton is just one of the many ways local residents can get back on their bikes through the Sky Ride campaign. Sky Ride Local rides are free, local led-rides running on many Sundays through the year. For full details on the next Sky Ride Local ride or to find out about all the other ways to get back on your bike this summer visit: www.goskyride.com.