Skyride Newcastle Gateshead 2015 – Cycling in the City

June is bustin’ out all over!

 Over 2,000 cyclists joined in with the third  Newcastle Gateshead Skyride this weekend. The weather which is notoriously unpredictable in this part of the world had decided to play ball and we enjoyed a sparkling English late June day with gorgeous sunshine, high dramatic cumulus cloud and the bluest sky you could wish for. The ride took place along our stunning dramatic quayside, starting at Spillers quay and booling along the banks of the Tyne,  today alive with motor boats and pleasure cruises and jet skis. The ride took in two of our seven iconic bridges crossing the retro chic of the swing bridge then along the south bank of the Tyne to the Staithes at Gateshead and then back over the ultra modern ‘blinking eye’ Millennium bridge.

Blue skies over the Baltic

A lot of people were wearing their high vis Skyride bibs creating a concerted neon wheeled advance along the route. The Skyride village also had other bike related shenanigans going on with trick riding displays, cycling challenge courses and  free bike maintenance sessions from Halfords.

Up and over!

Specially adapted  bikes for people with disabilities were free for a try out  too. All next to the lovely Cycle Hub café by the riverside creating a real festival atmosphere.

Hot wheels

For a mass participation event it was remarkably sedate, civilised and trouble free. The only problem seemed to be  a couple of rogue pedestrians strolling idly into the path of the polite pedalling participants and a couple of over the handlebars incidents with some of the smaller riders.

ALL about the bike

 Children of all sizes joined their families on the route. more serious cyclists swooped about in Lycra and did the 6km ride several times as it was probably a  bit easy for them. Traffic free safe cycling is a great bonus for a city and Skyrides are an opportunity  to see cities in from a two wheeled perspective. Cycling has never been more popular and councils are being increasingly challenged to make roads safer and increase the amount of routes that cyclists can use.

Danger – shark ahead!

Cycling is a cheap way to get around and has loads of health benefits. It is great exercise, kind on the joints plus it is an effective mode of transport. Why then is my bike still in the garage where it has been for the past ten years? Well I did actually get it out the other day and had someone blow the tyres up but they had become rather perished through lack of use apparently. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

Easy rider

Skyride Newcastle Gateshead was a happy positive, fun sort of an event. Tt would to be good to have more such opportunities like this, and next time I might even sort out my back tyre and do it myself.

Picture perfect pedalling