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City bike ride attracts thousands

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Up to 8,000 cyclists have been taking part in Bristol's Biggest Bike ride

Up to 8,000 cyclists have been taking part in Bristol's Biggest Bike ride.

They tackled a range of courses, from nine miles to 38 for the more energetic of the city's cyclists, with many of the city's roads closed to cars.

Councillor Jon Rogers, the Lib Dem in charge of transport at the city council was among the participants.

Bristol is Britain's first cycling city - and the council wants to double the number of people travelling by bike in the next three years.

The city intends to double the number of cyclists over the next three years with a series of innovations.

It has already received government grants, totalling £11.4m, to transform cycling by creating dedicated lanes, better facilities and training for children.



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