Bike Around the Borough returns next Thursday 28 June

Nearly 1000 children will take to Hackney’s streets by bike on Thursday 28 June as Bike Around the Borough returns for its eighth outing.

Over 40 schools are due to take part in the mass bike ride, which two years ago set the world record for the highest number of people cycling in a continuous ‘bike bus’.

This year, the event is sponsored by British Cycling, the nation’s governing body for cycling, along with Volker Highways and Berkeley Homes.

On the day, children will gather at Hackney Downs, travelling from there to Clissold Park, where the bike bus will pick up more participants, before heading on to London Fields, past Hackney Town Hall and back to Hackney Downs.

Bike Around the Borough aims to promote cycling among the borough’s children, giving them the chance to practice the skills they have learned through national standards cycle training and to help them see how easy it is to travel around Hackney by bike.

After the ride takes place, there will be a summer cycling celebration open to the public at Hackney Downs, with food, drink and cycling-themed activities at the park from 3.30-8.30pm.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, Deputy Mayor
As the nearly 6000 school children who have taken part in Bike Around the Borough in its seven year history will confirm, Hackney is London’s capital of cycling.

I can’t wait to again join the hundreds of children discovering their borough by bike, who will be building on the training they’ve had in school and finding out that cycling is a fun, healthy way to get around.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, Deputy Mayor

British Cycling head of partnerships, Joel Lavery, added: “Mass bike rides like Bike Around the Borough go a long way in showcasing just how much fun you can have on two wheels.

“Cycling is an activity which is fun, green and brings people together, so it’s great to see so many young people on board and ready to explore the wonderful borough of Hackney by bike on 28 June. All of us at British Cycling look forward to seeing plenty of smiles on the day!”

Find out more about cycling in Hackney, including information on free cycle training for those who live, work and study in the borough, at: www.hackney.gov.uk/cycling.