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New Sky Ride Local cycling events for Bath riders

Sky Ride Bath 2010 event
July's Sky Ride Bath event encouraged 6,000 riders to get on their bikes

Cycle-lovers in and around Bath are being encouraged to get on their bikes with a series of new events in the city.

Following the success of the first ever Sky Ride Bath in the summer, free local rides will be on offer until the end of Autumn.

Sky, in partnership with British Cycling and Bath and North East Somerset Council (Banes), are behind the events, which will be led by British Cycling trained cycle leaders.

The events are on offer for small groups, who will be guided on routes taking in everything from historic sites to local spots.

Organisers say the rides will be offered in a range of levels, aimed at everyone from families with young children to more experienced riders.

The free events will run on Sundays in Bath and North East Somerset from now until the end of the autumn.

Bike close-up
It is good for healthy hearts, with some cyclists half as likely to have heart problems as those who don't cycle at all
It is good for weight control, with some research suggesting that cycling burns about 300 calories an hour
Because the bicycle supports your body, it can be good for people with certain bone and joint problems because it puts very little pressure on them
One study states that cyclists can expect to live at least two years longer than non-cyclists
Some health professionals say it can reduce the risk of over 20 chronic health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes and asthma

Brian Johnston, the new British Cycling Recreation Manager for the South West hosted by Banes, is backing the project.

"I cannot think of a nicer way to spend a Sunday morning," he said.

"A well organised ride with super ride leaders and a very friendly bunch of people - I would recommend these rides to anyone."

Banes' cycling champion, Councillor Roger Symonds said: "These Sky Local events will provide organised rides for all levels of ability.

"They are an opportunity for all those who mean to get on their bikes and don't get round to it - you don't have to be a 'cyclist' - just get on a bike and ride."

Sky Ride Bath took place on Sunday, 25 July and 6,000 cyclists took part in a 5 mile (8 km) ride through the city.

Organisers said the event's main aim was to give families the experience of cycling in a safe environment, whilst encouraging the use of pedal power over other transport.

You can find out more information about the latest events on the Sky Ride Local website.

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