Thousands of people in Greater Manchester will have the streets to themselves in celebration of all things cycling as HSBC UK City Ride comes to Manchester city centre on Sunday 23 July.

Riders can take in a different perspective of Manchester from two wheels on the new route, passing some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

Starting at Albert Square, the 11km route goes through the heart of the city and out towards Old Trafford, talking in MediaCityUK before looping back into the city centre. The route, which is open between 11am-4pm, will also feature a shorter, accessible loop, suitable for all adapted bikes and cyclists of all abilities.

Whether people want to enjoy the freedom of cycling on traffic-free streets, take part in a range of free activities including the ‘Sir Chris Hoy Speed Challenge’, the Bubble Tunnel and Off-Road Challenge, or fancy a fun day out with friends, the HSBC UK City Ride is perfect for all the family.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is supporting the HSBC UK City Ride, organised by British Cycling, and wants to encourage the public to get on their bikes and cycle more often.

TfGM will be on hand during HSBC UK City Ride with a stand at MediaCityUK to hand out cycling freebies and offering advice on cycling in Greater Manchester, including details of our free cycling training sessions and district cycle maps.

Councillor Chris Paul, TfGM Committee Cycling and Walking Champion, said: “It’s great to have HSBC UK City Ride in Manchester and it will be a fun day out for people experiencing traffic-free streets.

“It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, how new of old your bike is, or how fast or slow you ride – it’s all about getting on your bike and having fun.

“By offering skills courses, cycle parking, supporting events like this, and building a network of largely segregated cycleways across Greater Manchester, we aim to get more people active and enjoying our region by bike.”

There is still time for people to register for their free place at the HSBC UK City Ride and enjoy a fantastic day out around Manchester by visiting


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