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HSBC UK Let’s Ride – a fun, free cycling festival comes to Leeds


We’re closing the roads to traffic in Leeds on Sunday 2 September and hosting a street festival for anyone on a bike.

Saddle up as we take over the streets of Leeds city centre for a day of cycling fun at the HSBC UK Let’s Ride Cycling Festival.

See Leeds city centre and surrounding area in a new perspective when the roads are closed to traffic from 11-3 pm. Cycle as much or as little of the 6km route you want ­­- taking in landmarks and cultural hotspots from your saddle.

It’s for all ages, abilities and confidence levels, so you can wobble, zig-zag and stop as much as you like! If you haven’t got a bike, no problem – you can hire one for free on the day…

Festival Zone 1 – Millennium Square

Collect your bib – Take part in the HSBC UK Let’s Ride ‘Spin to Win Challenge’ – Pedal through time in ‘Virtual Reality Cycling Experience’ … and lots more!

Festival Zone 2 – Albion Street

Visit the ‘Cycling in Leeds’ gazebo for loads of information about cycle routes and cycle safety – Sit in the heavy goods lorry and see what the driver sees – Children can complete the cycle safety quiz and get a gift!

Festival Zone 3 – First Direct Arena

Come and talk to representatives from Martin House; Decathlon; Alzheimer’s Society; and Cycle Expo, who will be there throughout the day.

Festival Zone 4 – Woodhouse Moor

Not doing the full route? Come and do our dedicated short loop. There’s even a selection of adapted bikes to hire, free of charge! Grab some refreshments – Get some one-to-one coaching at ‘Go Ride’ – and more, before a lovely downhill route, taking in…

Festival Zone 5 – University of Leeds

See the Extreme Mountain Bike Stunt Show throughout the day … and make your way back to Millennium Square with your fully-stamped reward card for your free gift!

To register your place to ride or for more information, visit the HSBC UK Let’s Ride Leeds

We want every child to experience the freedom of whizzing through their city on a bike and exploring all of the festival zones. If you have a little one that wants to ride but just needs a helping hand, try HSBC UK Ready Set Ride for free today. Our interactive learn to ride guide is packed with videos, tips and advice – plus you don’t even need a bike to get started.

See the full Let’s Ride route map and check out all the not-to-be-missed activities, stalls, information and challenges.

Many roads will be closed to traffic from 6 am to 6 pm on the day – so if you’re travelling in by car and plan to use a city centre car park, please allow extra time for diversions and congestion. Road closures information.

Why not park out a bit further and cycle in? Find dedicated cycle routes at