Hillstreet Shopping Centre is celebrating the extra-long weekend this Spring Bank with some good old fashioned family fun.
Women looking to keep their activity levels up through the autumn and winter months are invited to take part in a new network of fun, local bike rides.
The Breeze network of women-only rides is all about bike riding for fun, in small sociable groups on local accessible routes.
The rides are organised and led by female British Cycling trained Breeze champions who are confident riding a bike and are keen to help more women enjoy the fun, freedom and fresh air of a bike ride.
Rides are taking place all year round, kicking off with Woodland Trail ride, which takes place at 10am on Sunday, October 2 from Guisborough Forest Branch Walkway.
Meeting at the visitor centre, the traffic-free route will follow the old railway line towards Nunthorpe and back, with views of Roseberry Topping at a leisurely pace.
Natalie Justice, Breeze Network Programme Manager for British Cycling, said: “We know that a lot of women find their activity levels slump when the cooler weather and darker nights set in.
“Autumn is a brilliant time for cycling and Breeze bike rides are perfect for helping women get out and about in a fun and informal way, meet like-minded people, and see the best of Middlesbrough and the surrounding Tees Valley on two wheels.”
Middlesbrough Council is working in partnership with British Cycling to promote cycling in the town.
Three times more men get on a bike for fun than women, according to research by Sport England.
The Breeze network aims to close this gap by offering advice and support to help women overcome some of the barriers which stop them from getting on a bike, such as access to cycle hire, someone to ride with, and safe routes in their local area.
Breeze is part of British Cycling’s programme of free events, activities, information and support, designed to help and inspire people of all ages and abilities to re-discover the fun of bike riding and get one million more people cycling regularly by 2013.
To join a Breeze bike ride in your local area, register at www.breezebikerides.com or contact the Breeze network at British Cycling on 0161 274 2117.