Lichfield and Burntwood residents are being urged to get in the saddle as the Cycle Rides for All initiative returns.
The 2012 programme – organised byLichfield District Council, Freedom Cycles and North Lichfield Initiative – kicks off on April 1 with a 12-mile ride to Fradley.
It will be a gentle ride to Fradley Junction for a stop at the café and nature reserve by the canal and is appropriate for all ages and abilities.
Many of the popular rides from previous years will return along with a new route to the National Memorial Arboretum in the summer.
“We attract cyclists of all ages – from toddlers through to senior citizens – because it’s social, healthy, and a great way to see the countryside. We also have a great team of trained cycle leaders who make sure everyone feels safe,” said Debby Whiting from Freedom Cycles, who checks all the bikes are road-worthy before each ride sets off from the shop.
To join the rides, just bring your bicycle, safety helmet, a picnic and yourself to Freedom Cycles in Lichfield at 10am on the first Sunday of the month. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information contact Freedom Cycles on 01543 411633 or the Jigsaw community shop on 01543 253666.
The free rides take place on the first Sunday of every month:
April 1 to Fradley (extended route) – 12 miles
May 6 to Whittington – 9 miles
June 3 to the National Memorial Arboretum – 18 miles
July 1 to Chasewater – 18 miles
No ride in August
September2 to Barton Marina – 23 miles
October 7 to Fradley (extended route) – 12 miles