Wakefield’s first Big Cycle Ride - explore the city on two wheels

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The city’s first Big Cycle Ride takes place on Sunday.

Roads in the centre of Wakefield will be closed to allow cyclists to ride safely around the city as part of the free event.

Wakefield Council will be running cycling and zumba taster sessions and there will also be a BMX demonstration.

Coun David Dagger, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for sport, will be open the event.

He said: “The Big Cycle Ride is a great opportunity for cyclists young and old to bring their bikes and explore the city centre, in a vehicle-free environment.

“We are continuing to work with partners to provide cycling opportunities across the district as part of our cycling legacy. This event is a chance for cyclists of all abilities to come and join in with not only the ride, but with all the other taster sessions and activities happening around the city centre.”

A bike doctor will be on hand throughout the event, and people will be able to store their bikes at Wakefield One or on cycle racks in the Bull Ring, where there will also be information stalls and a market.

There will also be a special appearance from Charlie Chaplin, who will be on his bike entertaining crowds, alongside stilt walkers and face painters.

The ride starts at 10am.

*Westgate, Marygate, Bull Ring, Northgate, Rishworth Street, Bond Street, Bell Street, Burton Street, Cliffe Parade, Back Lane and Drury Lane will all be closed between 6am and 2pm.

Street car parking within this area and Rishworth Street car park will not be accessible during the road closure.