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Join the 'Kidical' Bike Ride for Families in Shrewsbury
21 Jun 2023

A mass bike ride for families will be held on the streets of Shrewsbury at 10am on Sunday 2nd July as the town hosts its first ever ‘Kidical Mass’ cycle.

A mass bike ride for families will be held on the streets of Shrewsbury at 10am on Sunday 2nd July as the town hosts its first ever ‘Kidical Mass’ cycle. The free event, organised by local residents, is part of a worldwide campaign to celebrate cycling and promote safer streets for children. The inaugural Shrewsbury ride aims to attract up to a hundred cyclists on a route designed for all ages and abilities. 

Riders will meet at 10am at the William Clement Memorial obelisk in the Quarry Park near to Stop Café on St. Julian Friars (what3words.com/sleepy.space.rising). The organisers are hoping to see lots of cargo bikes, bike seats, trailers and young cyclists for a slow-paced, mass bike ride through the town centre full of colour, music, and fun. 

There will be two routes available. The main cycle route will run for 4 miles heading across English Bridge, out of town along Old Potts Way, back into town via Belle Vue, and then up Town Walls into the town centre before returning through the Quarry Park. 

A shorter, road-free route for balance bikers will run along the river in the Quarry Park to the playground before joining the main group on their return through the park.  

A map of the main route is available here.

The event is free and open to all ages, from 0 to 99, and has been generously supported by Dave Mellor Cycles of Frankwell. It is also being promoted to schools across the town. Marshals will be riding with the group to assist with safety, but it is asked that parents and carers ride with their children. 

Kidical Mass Shrewsbury Bike Ride: Sunday 2nd July at 10am from William Clement Obelisk (near Stop Cafe on St Julian Friars) in The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury (what3words.com/sleepy.space.rising)

Copthorne councillor Rob Wilson, who helped organise the ride alongside local residents, says: ‘Kidical Mass Shrewsbury is a fun, free, family-friendly event for riders of all ages and abilities. We’re hoping to see lots of families riding all types of bikes and we’ve deliberately designed the route to ensure there’s something for everyone. Grab your bike and come along!’ 

Radbrook resident Liz Richardson, who’s planning to attend with her sons aged 6 and 9 and who runs bike clubs at Shrewsbury High School, says: ‘My boys love the idea of being able to cycle through the streets of Shrewsbury with lots of other families and budding young cyclists. It sounds like a brilliant way to spend a Sunday morning and I hope it will be the first of many events like this.’ 

The Kidical Mass ride also has a serious purpose as it’s part of a worldwide campaign calling for safer streets for children and young people. Previous UK Kidical Mass events have taken place in London, Oxford, Birmingham, Manchester, and Inverness. Shropshire’s first ever event was held in Church Stretton in May and Shrewsbury’s organisers hope their ride will become a regular fixture in the town. 

Rob Wilson says: ‘When I was growing up, I was able to cycle to school every day. Now, as a father of two young children, I want them to have the same freedom and independence. One of the reasons that I stood for election to the council was to help make Shrewsbury a better place for children to ride their bikes. I hope that this ride becomes a demonstration of what’s possible, and the joy that cycling can bring to people of all ages and abilities.’

For more information please visit the Kidical Mass Shrewsbury Facebook page