The Sound of Bells - FreeCycle led rides 2016


It felt like a very special day in Central London. Instead of the constant screeching tyres, blaring horns and car fumes which are prevalent in the centre, LCC witnessed the sounds of laughing children, jingling bells and whizzing wheels!Usual traffic-heavy areas such as the Mall, the Strand, Blackfriars and the Bank of England were all closed to allow cyclists the opportunity to enjoy views of capital from the comfort of one's bike. It can only be the RideLondon FreeCycle! 


The day started in typical British fashion: overcast and drizzling! This, however, didn’t stop over 2,500 riders taking part in the eight-mile circuit.  LCC volunteer ride leaders and marshals led over 32 rides from each of the London boroughs (a first for Kensington & Chelsea!) plus three community rides. 


We can’t thank our volunteers and supporters enough as this was an amazing feat which couldn’t have been accomplished without their help. These rides were also an amazing achievement for people unaccustomed to riding great distances.  The greatest distances were from borough groups Hillingdon and Havering which cycled an impressive 64 mile round trip! Kingston and Ealing also hosted a combined 270 riders who cycled an impressive 48 mile round trip! 



Our community rides included individuals from Core Arts in Hackney, returning group Poplar Harca as well as a tremendous turnout of 90 adults and children from Somers Town in Camden.  This was an important event as many of these riders had only recently learnt to ride a bike let alone ride through the streets of London!



This was a great day for all and an amazing way for communities to enjoy the city!


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