ENJOY exploring Leicester by bike or on foot this weekend, with free family activities on offer at Open Streets and Bike Fest.
On Saturday October 29, bike party will see the purpose-built, traffic-free 1km Leicester Cycle Route for free access from 1pm-4pm.
Expert instructors and coaches will be on hand at the circuit at New College, with coaching available for children aged 5-16. Bikes for all ages and abilities are available free of charge, including balance bikes for young children. Dr Bike will offer free basic bike repairs and safety checks, and a range of Wheels For All adapted bikes will be available to try out. There is also a new cafe at the circuit, with drinks and refreshments available.
Sunday, October 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Open streets will see a variety of free activities taking place in the streets and pedestrian friendly spaces of Leicester city centre.
This month’s Open Streets theme is ‘Unearthed Leicester’, bringing the past to life and celebrating the city’s rich 2,000-year history. In this context, a Guided walk on the theme of Richard III will depart from Town Hall Bike Park at 10am, passing the site of the car park where the King’s body was discovered, following a route to Bosworth Battlefield via quiet roads and traffic-free paths and back later to end up at the King Richard Visitor Center III.
Another ride will depart from Town Hall Bike Park at midday, offering a unique chance to explore Roman Leicester by bike. Mount Roman Leicester will be led by Jim Butler of Hidden Histories, and along the route there will be several stops at places of interest with Roman links in the city, providing insight into Roman life in Leicester.
Plus, all of the regular features of the city’s Open Streets event will be on offer – including bike-themed games and crafts from Cyclone Works, street art from Graffwerk, free bike repairs and the Danny Butler’s extreme mountain bike show. Try your hand at wall climbing, listen to the drum sounds of Sambando, or relax to soulful BETAcoustiX tunes outside Café Orso.
And visitors to the city center can take a free rickshaw ride to move between the areas where the activities take place – Beta X on Church Gate, Green Dragon Square and Town Hall Square. Or take a trip on a Santander Cycles Leicester e-bike, with Ride Leicester’s friendly staff on hand to help people sign up and get started with the city’s popular e-bike sharing scheme.
Everything is designed to show how easy it is to get around Leicester by bike or on foot, as well as showcasing the city’s beautiful and often overlooked heritage. It is also the last Heritage Sunday of the year, where visitors can explore some of the notable buildings clustered around the Newarke and De Montfort University campus, telling the story of Leicester from its Roman heyday to its manufacturing heyday.
The city’s deputy mayor for transportation, clean air and the climate emergency, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “October marks the end of our monthly Open Streets, Heritage Sundays and Bike Fest events for 2022, that’s so your last chance to take advantage of these free activities until they return next spring.
“We know a lot of people appreciated being able to take part in these activities again, which shows how the improvements to our downtown make it a great place to meet and hang out, and how important it is. easy to get around by bike or on foot. foot.
“We will continue to invest in the city center – as evidenced by our ambitious £8 million program to improve and extend the pedestrianized streets around the historic clock tower – so that everyone can enjoy the heritage, shopping, leisure and open spaces in Leicester.”
For more information on Open Streets, visit: https://visitleicester.info/whats-on/open-streets-p819671
More information about Bike Fest is at: https://www.visitleicester.info/whats-on/bike-fest-p822091