KIRKLEES Council is backing National Bike Week.

The local authority has a range of events planned to mark the week, which begins tomorrow.

It starts with the launch of its partnership with British Cycling and West Yorkshire Metro to encourage more people to get out on a bike.

The project will provide opportunities to get out and about on a bike in the area – with Sky Ride Local, Breeze Bike Rides for women and Social Cycling Groups.

The Sky Ride Local programme offers a series of free, fun, guided bike rides around Kirklees, starting in July and running through to the end of September.

Guided by friendly British Cycling Ride Leaders along scenic planned routes, they’re a way to get out and see your local area on two wheels.

To get more women on their bikes, British Cycling’s Breeze network is also coming to Kirklees. Breeze is the biggest programme ever to get more women into riding bikes for fun. The aim is to help thousands more women feel confident and comfortable about going on a ride.

Social Cycling Groups organise rides all year round.

Clr Jean Calvert, Kirklees Council Cabinet member for health, wellbeing and communities said: “It is a fantastic opportunity to get more people out and about on bikes and enjoying the many health benefits that cycling can bring.’’

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