Bury St Edmunds town centre will once again become a traffic-free, closed road cycle route on Sunday 29 September between 10am – 2pm.
The free event comes after the success of the first ever closed road cycle event in Bury St Edmunds last year, and will once again offer a unique opportunity for cyclists of all ages and abilities to ride on traffic free, roads around the town centre and it’s expected that hundreds of families will take to the streets of Bury St Edmunds to enjoy the experience.
Participants are encouraged to register in advance to receive important information about the route, although registration will also be possible on the day.
The event is being organised by Abbeycroft Leisure with funding from Bury St Edmunds Town Council and support from West Suffolk Council, Suffolk County Council, Bury Sport and West Suffolk Wheelers.
St Nicholas Hospice Care is the charity partner and riders are encouraged to donate or fundraise for them, but there is absolutely no charge to take part in or register for the event.
The proposed route will start and finish on the Buttermarket, taking in Market Square, Cornhill, Whiting Street, Westgate Street, Bridewell Lane, Angel Hill, Abbeygate Street and back onto the Buttermarket.
Warren Smyth, Abbeycroft Leisure’s chief executive said,
“It’s been a busy summer for us with many great cycling events including the Women’s Tour, Women on Wheels Bury and Sudbury. Now once again, we’re very pleased to be working in partnership to bring this family-friendly cycling event to the town, as events like this for our community are an important part of who we are at Abbeycroft.”
Cllr Jo Rayner, West Suffolk Council Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Community Hubs said,
‘I highly recommend this brilliant event to anyone who can ride a bike. It is great experience, bringing all kinds of people together, and providing encouragement to those who maybe haven’t ridden for a while to do it more regularly in future.’
Cllr Ann Williamson, town and district councillor and an ambassador for cycling said,
‘Our beautiful historic town centre was laid out before cars and we have closed the roads for this event, so that riders of all ages and abilities can enjoy the streets in a new way. This is a perfect opportunity to get reacquainted with your bike, bring your family and perhaps start a longer cycling journey.’
Find out more about the event, view the route and register.