This Sunday Middlesbrough cyclists took to the streets in an truly amazing event, the Mbro Sky ride. What a triumph!! From 10 to 2 pm streets were cordoned off to 4 wheel traffic making the ride nice and safe. It was quite surreal cycling down the wrong side of the road or through red traffic lights, I couldn't quite shake the habit of warily looking over my shoulder for cars though.
To see families, mums, dads and kids cycling through the streets of Middlesbrough it gladdened your heart. Live bands and entertainment were provided around the 5 mile route and made it a real treat - a full day out. For the youngsters BMX team Extreme and the unicyclists laid on a stunning acrobatic display very impressive and inspiring.
We had three people on the ride, myself and Joe and his little 6 year old boy who was just really learning to ride his own bike without stabilizers. It was a touching, special moment that you don't forget.
Friends of the Earth helped publicize the event by getting members involved and running a special radio programme on CVFM community radio. We hoped to have a stall available but they had already been allocated - perhaps next time!
It looks like a new golden age of cycling has begun and the mbro Sky ride has caught the crest of the wave encouraging a new generation of cyclists. FoE hopes it is made an annual event.
The Gazette article is a very good one with a great photo slideshow click here to view it