BIKE Week is the UK's annual celebration of cycling.

And it takes place on June 11 to 19 this year. More than 2,000 cycling events and rides are expected to attract at least 300,000 participants - most of whom will be new or returning to cycling.

Events include free advice about cycling from Wheelspin Cycles in Huddersfield, VS Cycles in Brighouse, Try Cycling at Kirkburton and the Bike Shed at Scissett.

Bike Week is the only nationwide promotion of all kinds of free cycling activities for cyclists of all abilities.

This year's theme is everyday cycling for health and fitness.

Many fun events will be aimed at novice or lapsed cyclists, including children and young families.

Hundreds of Bike2Work rides are being organised by employers and workplace bicycle user groups, helping to reduce the number of unnecessary car journeys by commuters.

Most events are free to enter. Some will raise funds for charities, including Leukaemia Research.

Organisers range from local authorities to cycling clubs, National Cycle Network volunteer rangers to campaigning groups.

All Bike Week and Bike2Work events and rides will be listed at (or telephone 01243 527444).

The first national Bike Week was held in 1923.

Last year more than 1,400 events attracted 250,000 cyclists.

Bike Week is organised for 16 organisations that want to encourage `more people to cycle more often', funded by UK governments (England, London, Scotland and Wales) and sponsored by the cycle industry's Bike Hub.