Get on yer bike in Milton Keynes for a summer of cycling fun

Low angle view of cheerful young couple smiling and riding on bicycles with colorful balloons in the background
Low angle view of cheerful young couple smiling and riding on bicycles with colorful balloons in the background

Anybody inspired by the Chris Froome’s success in the Tour de France can setthe wheels in motion for a summer of cycling fun in Milton Keynes.

Whatever age or ability there are free guided rides available to join to get back in the saddle, say MK Council.

People can build up their confidence on a bike or just simply meet other riders and enjoy riding around cycle routes that take in MK’s Redways, countryside and attractions.

There are regular activities every week including free ladies only rides, family rides and health rides around MK plus free family cycle training and adult cycle training.

A council spokesman said; “Even if you don’t have a bike, you can rent one from the new Santander scheme or if you are an employee your employer may run a scheme like Cycle scheme or SmartGo to help you purchase a bike and equipment to get started.”

To keep cycles safe the Council has teamed up with Thames Valley Police to offer free bike marking and safety checks by a qualified mechanic provided by Corley Cycles.

These free ‘Dr Bike’ sessions will be in Station Square between 4-7pm on 15 August, 19 September and 17 October.

A major event is the National Cycle Challenge between September 1 and September 30. This is a fun, free competition to encourage people to

experience first-hand the joys and benefits of riding a bike.

“There will be lots of fantastic prizes on offer to encourage you and your team to ride a bike for 10 minutes or more,” said the council spokesman.

September 4 will see the ‘MK Get On Your Bike’ day at the City Discovery Centre at Bradwell Abbey.

A fun filled day for all the family with stalls, crafts and bouncy castles, there will be with two cycle route options plus a shorter route for children. 

On September 14 it’s National Cycle to Work Day, designed to encourage as many people as possible to take to two wheels and cycle to work at least one day a year.

For information about all the cycling events visit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/get- cycling