About Cycle Sunday
Find out about Cycle Sunday, what we're about and what we set out to achieve.
Cycle Sunday was set up in 2015 by a small group of parents who were looking for places for their children to cycle safely. Despite being a wonderful 400-acre area of flat parkland, the only sections of cycle path near the Downs, are next to busy roads: Stoke Road and the A4018. We decided to ask the Downs Committee for temporary closures of Circular Road so that we could invite people to come and enjoy a traffic free ride around the Downs.

We have organised six successful events with amazing help from Life Cycle UK in 2015 and Sustrans from 2016 onwards. They brought their event organising experience to Cycle Sunday and we couldn't have done it without them! Cycle Sunday has demonstrated that there is massive potential for leisure cycling around the Downs, with over 3,000 attending our last event.

There is a distinct lack of lycra at Cycle Sunday. Most participants are in family groups, but we welcome people of all ages and abilities. In particular, it is wonderful to welcome people who use specially adapted bikes as mobility aids. Sadly, Cycle Sunday couldn't go ahead this year due to Covid-19. In 2018, we closed Ladies Mile as well as Downleaze/Rockleaze and Circular Road for the event. We had created a complete loop for the first time and the proposal for the Downs Loop started from there.
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