Cycle Sunday: Traffic-Free Cycling around Bristol Downs

Cycle Sunday

On Sunday 12th July on the Bristol Downs, thousands of children and families will take to their bikes to enjoy the second Cycle Sunday of 2015.

From 9am – 12 pm, the Circular Road on the Bristol Downs will be declared an official car-free zone, and cyclists young and old will be able to enjoy cycling in safety.

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A free event, Cycle Sunday aims to celebrate Bristol’s position as European Green Capital and to encourage children and grown-ups to keep healthy and embrace sustainable travel.

Cycle Sunday will have a ‘festival-feel’ and will include activities such as ‘Best Dressed Bike and Rider Competition’. Dr. Bike will also be on hand to fix any bike niggles, plus there will be poetry from Bristol’s Green Capital poet Martin Kiszko.

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People can also enjoy pedal-powered smoothies as they watch tall bikes, penny farthings and unicycles whizz by.

Vicki Cracknell, founder of the Cycle Sunday campaign, explains:

‘We are looking forward to another fun, safe, car-free Sunday morning on the Downs.  We hope to welcome even more families who, like us, are keen to see parts of our city’s amazing and beautiful natural resource again free of cars and used to the benefit of Bristolians in this environmentally-sensitive, fun and sustainable fashion.

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‘The largely flat, 400 acre Downs are the perfect place for local families to enjoy cycling – fast becoming both a favourite transport method and pastime in Bristol, the UK’s first cycling city. The local byelaw forbidding cycling on the Downs no longer seems to make sense, given the health benefits, low-cost, low environmental impact of family cycling.

‘Our aim with the Cycle Sunday events is to raise awareness of this mismatch and, ultimately, help secure a long-term future family-friendly, car-free cycling on the Downs.’

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This event follows a hugely successful first Cycle Sunday held on 19th April at which over 2,000 cyclists of all ages turned up to enjoy cycling in safety on roads which are usually very busy.

A third Cycle Sunday is planned for 20th September.

You can learn more about Cycle Sunday in the video below.

Cycle Sunday is a free, ticketed event. If you and your children would like to come attend Cycle Sunday, you can register to attend here

You can also find out more about Cycle Sunday by visiting