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Leading the way with walking and cycling

Saturday 27th April 2013

Families, Walking, Cycling, Leisure and Shopping

It’s time to get pedalling or striding out with City of York Council’s latest programme of free group walks and guided cycle rides in York. The walks and cycle rides are led by trained volunteers, are free to everyone and take place all over the city.

The spring guided cycle ride timetables include regular ‘Move More on Monday’ short guided rides which last for about an hour. Other, longer rides range from five to 12 miles and are themed around chocolate, quirky attractions, historical villages and places of worship.

Group walks start from 12 different meeting points in the city and take place at various times from Monday to Friday. Longer, away-day walks are taking place in May and June (there are no regular walks at the weekend in the programme).

Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “These activities are fun, free and help you to become more active in a sociable way. They are open to everyone (those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult) and have been arranged to suit both beginner walker/cyclists and those with more experience.

“These two popular programmes of activities play an important role in encouraging more people to become active in York, especially in this year of cycle races in York. Residents can get into the cycling spirit ahead of the 2013 Men’s and Women’s British Cycling National Circuit Race Championships on Sunday 21 July, the day that the 100th Tour de France draws to a close and the baton is passed to Yorkshire ahead of Le Grand Départ 2014.”

Walking and cycling are free and convenient ways to become more active whilst exploring York and enjoying the outdoors at the same time. The new programmes, covering April, May and June, are available online from Walking for Leisure or Guided Rides. Alternatively, leaflets are available from York libraries or by contacting Sarah Prescott, Active Living Officer on 01904 553377 or emailing sarah.prescott@york.gov.uk

Anyone interested in taking part on a group health walk or guided cycle ride can simply turn up at the meeting point – no advance booking is necessary. Please inform Sarah Prescott if children aged under seven are coming on a cycle.