Sky Ride is set to return as Britain prepares for a huge summer of cycling.

The campaign which is run by British Cycling, Sky, Sport England and local authority partners aims to bring people together so they can get out on their bikes and discover not only the fun of cycling but also the health benefits.

Sky Ride will take place in 15 towns and cities up and down the country, including Plymouth which is the first destination on the 25th May.

Roads are always closed so that the cyclists can explore their towns and cities in a way that they couldn't before.

Sir Chris Hoy is a Sky Ride ambassador and he believes it's an event which brings loved ones together as well as promoting the enjoyment of riding a bike. 

Hoy said, according to British Cycling: “We want more people to enjoy riding a bike – that’s why Sky and British Cycling have teamed up to bring you Sky Ride. We’ve made it easier than ever to get out on your bike and spend quality time with your family and friends.

“Sky Rides close towns and cities for big bike events so you can ride safely on traffic-free streets, with a huge festival atmosphere and loads to do both on and off the bike. They are great fun and a great way to get on your bike.”

As well as Sky Ride, British Cycling and Sky organise Sky Ride local guided rides which enable people for free to explore where they live every Sunday.

There are over 100 locations for these guided rides.

British Cycling’s director of Recreation and Partnerships, Stewart Kellett said:

“We are delighted to once again bring traffic-free cycling to so many cities across the country with Sky Ride. 2014 promises to see even better and more exciting events, a real festival atmosphere and we want to see more people than ever riding their bikes on streets.

“In addition, we have 2,500 Sky Ride Local rides across the country, plus the women’s Breeze network and our buddy-based Ride Social programme, meaning we are able to provide opportunities to keep cycling whatever your ability, confidence and experience.”

“With the Tour de France and Tour of Britain on the horizon and the Commonwealth Games, too, it’s a great time to be involved with cycling in Britain and we are really excited to help people make the most of their bike this summer.”

Over one million more Brits now cycle as a result of Sky's partnership with British Cycling so it is no wonder we have so much young cycling talent in the UK.

Locations for Sky Ride: 

Plymouth - 25th May
Bolton - 1st June
Leeds - 15th June
Southampton - 29th June
Newcastle - 2nd August
Manchester - 3rd August
Sheffield - 10th August
Hull - 17th August
Leicester - 24th August
Ipswich - 31st August
Liverpool - 7th September
York - 14th September
Coventry - 21st September
Bradford - 28th September
Birmingham - TBC

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