Cycle Sunday attracts record numbers

September 28 2018
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OVER 3,000 people enjoyed traffic-free cycling on the Downs – a record number for the event established in 2015.

The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cleo Lake, who attend the family-friendly Cycle Sunday event held at the Clifton Downs on Sunday 16 September said she was keen to see more access to the area by bike: “As Lord Mayor, one of my roles is to chair the Downs Committee which manages the Downs. I am keen to see more access to the Downs by bicycle and in particular to create opportunities for people from all over Bristol to enjoy this beautiful place,” she said. 

“It was great to see people of all ages and abilities cycling on a car-free route around Circular Road and Ladies Mile. In particular, Cycle Sunday enables children to have more freedom and get to the "hard to reach" parts of the Downs!  

“We need to reduce reliance on getting to places by car. My hope is that one day, people will be able to get the bus to the Downs, hire a bike by the Water Tower and explore the Downs safely on two wheels rather than four."

Organised by Sustrans, the charity which makes it easier for people to walk and cycle, in collaboration with local community groups and supported by leading Bristol law firm, Barcan+Kirby.

This is the first year the event has featured a circular route which proved very popular with participants who were keen to see more regular traffic-free days on the Downs.

Esther DeAngelis a local resident who regularly attends the event said she felt this year was bigger and more diverse.

She said: “It’s drawn in families from all over Bristol – it’s so important for everyone to get an opportunity like this, to cycle along these beautiful roads safely and with no traffic. It’s so enjoyable, I don’t know why we can’t do this more often.”

Cycle Sunday showcases the benefits of traffic-free cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities, and is an opportunity for those new to cycling to try out their skills and improve their confidence in a supportive and fun and safe environment.

James Cleeton, Sustrans England South Director said: “Cycle Sunday was a great opportunity for communities across Bristol to come together and enjoy walking and cycling in a traffic-free, safe environment.

“We are all well aware of how good walking and cycling is for us, and at Sustrans we think it’s important to hold regular events like Cycle Sunday which encourage and enable all communities and abilities to enjoy walking and cycling in the outdoors.”