A group of cyclists inspired by this year’s spectacular Tour de France have taken to their bikes in one of Sheffield’s most historic parks.

The group came together to ride around Norfolk Heritage Park – one of the first free public parks in the country, dating back to 1848.

Local ward councillor, Mike Drabble was among the group who took part in the ride. He said: “Sky Ride is an excellent way for people interested in cycling to try it out in a friendly atmosphere. It’s also a great way to meet new people with similar interests.

“What better way to enjoy a fine autumn afternoon in one of our city’s jewels – Norfolk Park? I hope this encourages residents to find out more about what’s on offer both in Norfolk Park and around our city’s green spaces.”

The Sky Ride scheme launched by British Cycling and Sky is aimed at encouraging even more people to ride their bikes and fall in love with cycling. They are co-ordinating a whole range of ways for people to get involved – from big traffic-free events, to local guided rides; from women-only rides and support, to tips, ideas and great routes.

Over 2,000 cyclists took to the roads in August for a mass Sky Ride, following the huge excitement generated by the Tour visiting Yorkshire and now more groups, families and individuals than ever are enjoying all the benefits of cycling in Sheffield.

The organisers hope everyone inspired by the Tour de France will continue to cycle, whether it’s for fun or to commute to and from work, by attending guided rides, cycle clubs or trying out existing cycle routs.

Councillor Jack Scott, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene said: “I’m sure many people were inspired to get on their bikes and take part in the Sky Rides by the Tour de France Grand Depart this summer. I hope anyone who has caught the cycling bug will continue to cycle, whatever their age or ability, as there are some great opportunities throughout the city to join a cycling group or guided ride, receive lessons or hire a bike.”

British Cycling and Sky have come together to help get even more people riding their bikes and falling in love with cycling. However you ride, there’s a whole range of ways for you to get involved – from big traffic-free events, to local guided rides; from women-only rides and support, to tips, ideas and great routes.

For more information about Sky Rides in Sheffield visit http://www.goskyride.com/About/OurRides

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