Free summer cycling in Bridgwater with Sky Ride Local

British Cycling’s Sky Ride Local is back this Sunday as part of The Bridgwater Way’s programme of fun, free cycling activities around the town.

The programme boasts 30 Sunday rides around the town for all abilities, guided by trained ride leaders. Local people can enjoy everything from easy going spins around picturesque parts of Bridgwater to more challenging rides for those seeking a little more adventure.

Sky Riders may also meet one of the ride leaders Steve Hammond, who is the new TBW Activity Coordinator. In partnership with 1610 Leisure Trust, Steve aims to get local people active through fun and social activities. 

A local campaigner, Steve has worked closely with Victoria Park Community Centre, providing enjoyable activities for older residents and for all the family.

He said: “It’s great to be working with people in Bridgwater. I can’t wait to encourage the community to take advantage of the fantastic activities on offer. This is a golden opportunity for Bridgwater residents, which is not to be missed.”

You can email Steve at SHammond@1610.org.uk for more information about the Sky Rides and other activities he has planned.

Sky Rides run each Sunday and our next dates are:

  • Sunday, 15 June is ‘The Seven Bridge Wonder’, an ‘easygoing’ ride starting from Victoria Park at 2pm.
  • Sunday 22 June is the ‘Wembdon Ride’, a ‘steady’ ride starting from Robert Blake Science College at 10am.
  • Sunday, 29 June is ‘The Seven Bridge Wonder’, an ‘easygoing’ ride starting from Victoria Park at 2pm.

People need to register in advance to join the rides, and can do so at goskyride.com

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Harvey Siggs, said: “Now is the time to make use of what The Bridgwater Way has to offer by learning to cycle or boosting your cycle confidence.  It will help you bypass traffic queues, get fit and save money all at the same time.”

The Bridgwater Way is a project to transform travel in town by making cycling and walking easier and safer – whether you’re going to work, school or just getting around.

Through a number of practical community events and 6.5 miles of new or improved cycle paths and walking routes, it will tackle congestion, help you get around economically, connect communities and encourage fit and healthy lifestyles.

This project is being run by a partnership of Somerset County Council, Sustrans and Sedgemoor District Council. For more information visit www.thebridgwaterway.co.uk

Funding for The Bridgwater Way has come from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), successfully bid for by Somerset County Council and Sustrans.