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Sky Ride Plymouth

Sunday 31 May 2015, 9.30am to 1.30pm

A sea of cyclists will fill the city's roads as the popular Sky Ride returns to Plymouth for a fourth year. On Sunday 31 May the roads will be closed to traffic to make way for the thousands of people hopping on their bike. The event celebrates all things cycling and brings together beginners to seasoned professionals.

More than 13,000 cyclists have taken to the streets of Plymouth as part of Sky Ride big bike events, and in just six years the number of people jumping on their bikes has increased by 90 per cent.

Sky Ride is not the only chance to get cycling this summer - a packed schedule of guided rides, including Sky Ride Local rides, led by British Cycling-trained ride leaders, plus women-only Breeze rides are making jumping on a bike accessible to everyone.

Halfords are offering a free bike safety check to everyone who registers for Sky Ride Plymouth, and they will also be there on the day to help out with any last-minute problems. If you prefer to hire a bike contact Plymouth Bike Hire based at Coypool Park and Ride or Rockets and Rascals at The Parade, Barbican. If you call or email in advance they will ensure your order is ready for collection, however a selection of bikes and cycling equipment will be available to hire from their bases on the day.

For anyone who has registered on the Sky Ride website and arrives at Saltram House before 10am, collect your National Trust wristband at the start gantry for free entry to the gardens. If you're a member of the National Trust, don't forget to scan your membership card!

Visit the Sky Ride website for more information and to sign up for this year's event.

Traffic management information

The main hub of activity is based within Saltram and at Plymouth Speedway Arena, with lots of entertainment, displays and activities for all the family, as well as a cycling route taking in a number of Plymouth Landmarks.

Starting in Saltram, the eight-kilometre circular route will take in the spectacular National Trust estate, The Embankment and Laira Rail Bridge before returning to Saltram via The Ride.

Whilst every effort has been made to minimise disruption, the safety of participants and other road users is paramount. Below  are the details and map of traffic restrictions that will be in place between 7am to 2.30pm on the day of the event:

  • No vehicle access into and exiting Old Laira Road from The Embankment heading westbound, diversions will be in place
  • Embankment Road westbound will be operating with one lane open to traffic with a 30mph speed reduction in place. The Embankment reverts back to two lanes after Blagdon’s Meadow.
  • Temporary suspension of bus stops on Embankment Road
  • No right hand turn into Lanhydrock Road, diversions will be in place
  • The bus lane from Coypool Road to Plymouth Road will be suspended
  • The Ride, north of the Recycling Centre, will be open to cyclists only

For anyone choosing to park and cycle to Saltram please park at Coypool Park and Ride. Access across the bridge over the railway lines to Saltram is possible until 9.15am. After 9.15am please join the event cycle route at any point on the Sky Ride Plymouth one way cycle system.

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