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Cyclists 'revel in car-free streets'

Mon, 19 May 2014 00:00:00 -0700

THOUSANDS of cyclists have enjoyed the chance to ride on car-free streets during a series of bike rides around the country.

The Space for Cycling Big Ride saw people of all ages take to their bikes in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.

Organisers estimated 5,000 cyclists took part in the event in the capital, where 30 guided rides took place under bright sunshine.

The event was organised by the London Cycling Campaign charity with the help of hundreds of volunteers.

Its chief executive Ashok Sinha said: "We owe a debt of gratitude to the thousands who joined us today on our Space for Cycling Big Ride, helping to send a powerful message to London's politicians.

"Our city and borough leaders can be in doubt as to the hunger there is from ordinary Londoners for streets that are safe and inviting for everyone to cycle.

"So far, over 2,500 local election candidates have backed our 629 ward-specific Space for Cycling measures to improve local streets for cycling, so now it's time to see the action and funding that match the desires of Londoners."

By Jennifer Cockerell, Press Association