Last year the UN General Assembly declared Monday June 3 as International World Bicycle Day, their aim being to create a global holiday inclusive for all, where people all around the world can get out, get on their bikes and get active!
Here in Yorkshire, we have an incredible cycling heritage, thanks to huge events such as the Grand Depart of the Tour de France and the subsequent four Tour de Yorkshire events that graced our beautiful county. This year alone, over 40 licensed road bike races will be taking place in the across Yorkshire, including one of the most infamous races on the professional circuit, the 2019 Road World Championship in September.
Heritage aside, the sole purpose of World Bicycle Day isn’t about creating the next Sir Bradley Wiggins it’s about promoting exercise, eco-friendly travel and wellbeing through the art of cycling. Here’s how to make the most out of World Bicycle Day here in the city of York…
Bike Shops in York
If you are wanting to take part in World Bicycle Day, you will definitely need… a bike! Whether you’re a first time rider, a casual rider or Sir Chris Hoy, the bike shops here in York are a great place to shop for a bike for all price ranges and abilities. There’s places such as York Cycleworks, Cycle Heaven, Giant Store York, Fulford Cycles and CycleStreet for you to take your pick from!
For more information on the numerous bike shops here in York please check out our blog here.
Founded in 2016, United Bikes is a social cycling group based in York. The group offer migrants and refugees, particularly those from war-torn countries such as Syria, a chance to socialise and connect with the people of the city through free lessons and training. The group welcomes new members and often partake in socials events and bike rides. United is spearheaded by founder Alice Thatcher who has been a social inclusion activist for over a decade. The group are always looking for contributors and donations so there is a no reason why World Bicycle Day shouldn’t be about giving back to the community!
To find out about the events that the group are hosting, head to their twitter page here.
National Cycle Route 658
Here in York we are blessed with one of the most beautiful, picturesque cities in the country and what better way to explore it that from the saddle of a bicycle. The National Cycle Route 658 runs on a 2 mile trail throughout the city, giving cyclists time to reflect on the beautiful architecture and history of the city. Route 658 makes up part of the infamous Route 69 (Way Of the Roses) which stretches cross country from Bridlington to Morecambe, We don’t expect you to be able to cycle from east coast to the west coast but you can easily take a relaxed cycle along Route 658 from town hall along the west bank of the river w we don’t expect you to be able to cycle from east coast to west coast but you can easily take a relaxed cycle along Route 658 from Tang Hall along the west bank of the river Ouse.
To find out more about what you can get up to in Tang Hall check out our Tang Hall Blog here.
York Bike Belles Group
Established in 2014, the York Bike Belles are an organisation based in York whose sole purpose is to make cycling more accessible for York and its people. The group organise various events throughout the year including the Walk Cycle festival the Cycling Without Age festival along with various other social rides. The organisation often reach out to social groups such as the elderly who would not normally have a platform to express their cycling interests. As well as cycling events the group also organise events such as cake confidence and cycle bites where participants also develop their skill sets in cooking and baking.
To find out what events are taking place around World Bicycle Day please head to the York Bike Belles community website here.
Ride and Dine at a Cycling Café/Pub
If you were under the impression that cycling was all about cycling, then you would be sorely mistaken. More and more cycling cafes and pubs around the city have been opening their doors, and kitchens to accommodate the appetites of hungry cyclists. Cycling cafés often serve up homely favourites such as pies, pastries and a selection of home-made cakes. If you would like to make the most out of this world bicycle day we suggest you get the family, get the bikes go on a ride and stop in at one of York’s many cafés.
For more information on the numerous bike cafés here in York please check out our blog here.
It seems like today is the only appropriate time to say this but… ON YER BIKE!