Tunbridge Wells is part of a massive boom in regular cycling

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By kentsussex | Thursday, October 11, 2012, 15:40

British Cycling and Sky are thrilled to announce that there are now one million more regular cyclists than in 2009.

Together with Kent County Council, British Cycling and Sky have created hundreds of free opportunities to encourage families to enjoy the fun and freedom of a bike ride. From Sky Ride Kent which saw thousands of residents take to traffic-free streets, to Sky Ride Local bike rides where friendly Ride Leaders take smaller groups out, there has been something for everyone.

There are still lots of fun and exciting ways you can continue riding throughout the autumn and winter.

Breeze is the biggest programme ever to get more women into riding bikes for fun. We're aiming to help hundreds more women in Kent to feel confident and comfortable about going on a ride. Also gathering momentum is our social network for cyclists. With over 12,000 users, Social Cycling Groups is making it easy for people to get together, find a place to ride and enjoy a bike ride.

2012 has been an incredible year for cycling. From the first ever British Tour de France winner, to the awe-inspiring performances by our British cyclists at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, there's been plenty of inspiration to get residents back onto their bikes. Together we're now building a lasting cycling legacy in Kent.

Sir Chris Hoy, Britain's most successful ever Olympian said: 'It has been an incredible summer for cycling and it's fantastic to see so many people enjoying riding their bikes and loving the sport. There are so many opportunities to cycle wherever you live and it's clear that Britain is now a true cycling nation.'

British Cycling's Chief Executive, Ian Drake, said: 'This is a fantastic culmination to an incredible year for cycling. In partnership with Sky we introduced the Sky Ride campaign in 2009, setting out our ambition to inspire the nation and get more people on bikes. Within three years we have created an unprecedented shift in cycling participation with the help of Sport England, Kent County Council, our members and local Ride Leaders and volunteers.'

'Four years ago we were known for our ability to win medals on a world stage. Now we've used this success to drive participation - reaching out to one million more regular cyclists, providing more ways to have fun on a bike, and making it easier to get involved.'

Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive of Sky, said: 'The partnership between Sky and British Cycling has been built around a shared vision to get more people enthused and participating in cycling. The achievement of our target to get one million more Brits on their bikes and cycling regularly is a reflection of both the success of the partnership and the huge inspiration that people have drawn from the incredible accomplishments of the elite British cyclists. We are proud to have played our part and look forward to continuing the partnership for the next four years.'

To find your nearest riding opportunity, visit goskyride.com.



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