Join a Space for Cycling ride on 22 April
22 April is just under two weeks before local elections take place around Britain on 4 May. It also happens to be International Earth Day. To mark this occasion and to show incoming politicians that they must create Space for Cycling, campaign groups around the country are riding out in a show of solidarity for Space for Cycling.
All events are family-friendly - so feel free to bring your kids, grab a picnic and pray for some sunshine!
See the A-Z listings below for an event near you.
Nothing in your area? Why not get in touch and arrange one?
Birmingham is the largest city in the West Midlands Combined Authority, which will be electing a Metro Mayor on 4 May 2017. To mark this occasion, the Bike West Midlands Network are organising rides to Cannon Hill Park from all over the West Midlands for a picnic at 13:30. Candidates from all parties except the Greens (who will be sending a representative) will be there to share their vision for cycling in the region. Come along to hear their plans and tell them your priorities - but most of all for a fun family-friendly day out!
Bradford doesn't have elections this year, but they are celebrating the launch of the Bradford Capital of Cycling Hub and the coming Tour de Yorkshire, as well as showing solidarity with Space for Cycling campaigners across the country.
To celebrate, the Bradford Cycling Campaign invite you to join their big family-friendly bike ride to say roads in Bradford need to be made people-friendly and include safe space for cycling. Fun ride, family friendly. Join up with other everyday people on bikes!
Greater Manchester is possibly the most high profile of all regions electing a Metro Mayor. Join Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign on 29 April, when GMCC will be riding at a child-friendly pace from Platt Fields at 2pm into the city-centre along Oxford Road’s new cycleway. They will be delivering a petition and a letter calling for action to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Manchester City Council.
The Derby Cycling Group will be meeting at 9:45 at Cathedral Green (DE1 3AF) for a ride and rally starting at 10:30, which will be followed by a picnic. The Derby Cycling group hope people will dress themselves and their bikes for a celebration of everyday cycling with family and friends.
The Kirklees Cycle Campaign will be meeting at 10am by Huddersfield railway station for a ride around Huddersfield town centre and then a tour of some local good/bad infra.
Kings Lynn and West Norfolk
Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Bike Users Group join the Big Ride for Space for Cycling at 11am on Saturday 22 April from Lynnsport front door cycle park. Norfolk will have full county council elections, so it is an opportunity to show all incoming Councillors that cycling matters.
Leeds does not have elections, but is taking the opportunity to enjoy a family day out and show support for Space for Cycling. The Leeds Cycling Campaign will be meeting at Millennium Square at 12:00.
The Liverpool City Region will be electing a Metro Mayor on 4 May, so the Merseyside Cycling Campaign are hosting a mass rally at the Pier Head in Liverpool from 11am to show all candidates the need to support cycling. Candidates will be invited.
As Nottinghamshire gears up for full council elections, Nottingham Pedals and Nottingham People on Bikes are arranging rides to the County Hall from as many wards as possible in the county! Join one of the rides or meet them at the county hall at 13:00.
With Oxfordshire preparing for full council elections and to put cycling on every candidate's agenda, the Oxfordshire Cycling network are arranging rides to a rally outside the County Hall in Oxford at 2pm.
So far rides have been confirmed from
Eynsham/Farmoor/Botley (BikeSafe), Faringdon (Farcycles), Wallingford (CTC Wallingford), Wantage (Cycling UK Wantage), Witney (Windrush Bike Project). Groups to be confirmed from Bicester and others.
Sheffield doesn't have elections taking place in 2017 since the Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal fell through, but CycleSheffield are taking the opportunity for a family-friendly day out, and showing local politicians the demand for safe Space for Cycling.
Meet at Devonshire Green at 11am. The ride will last one hour.
Hertfordshire County Council has full elections and the St Albans Cycling Campaign has invited all the candidates standing for St Albans district divisions to join them on a ride around the St Albans Green Ring walking and cycling route on Saturday 22 April. . The ride starts from Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre – meet at the cycle stands from 10.00am for a 10.30am departure The Green Ring includes traffic free sections and on-road sections. It is not yet fully complete, but the last section is being constructed now.
Full council elections are taking place across the whole of Scotland, so Cycling UK are assisting Pedal on Parliament, who are organising rides in:
The Aberdeen Cycle Forum will be setting off from the Beach Esplanade - North Side (Bridge of Don) at 11am on 22 April.
The Edinburgh ride will start at 12 noon from the Meadows, with feeder rides coming in from all across Scotland. The route will be the same as the last five PoPs, including the iconic Royal Mile, and ending – as you might expect – at the parliament building at Holyrood.
The Inverness ride will meet at Bellfield Park at 11:30am to pedal on the Highland Council Headquarters on Glenurquhart Road. Although there will be no road closures, the ride will take two routes, one suitable for more experienced cyclists and one using quieter roads for those who prefer it.
Meet at Glasgow Green at 1pm for a ride to George Square on entirely closed roads. Expect a family-friendly demonstration suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities. This ride will take place on 23 April.