See here for road closures ahead of this weekend’s Sky Ride in Ipswich town centre

The annual Ipswich Sky Ride weaving through the town on Sunday with all ages taking part.

The annual Ipswich Sky Ride weaving through the town on Sunday with all ages taking part. - Credit: Archant

The popular Ipswich Sky Ride returns today, with the family-friendly event set to take in the scenic surroundings of Holywells Park for the first time.

The annual Ipswich Sky Ride weaving through the town on Sunday with all ages taking part.

The annual Ipswich Sky Ride weaving through the town on Sunday with all ages taking part. - Credit: Archant

The event allows cyclists of all ages and abilities to take to an entirely traffic-free route through the town centre, along the Waterfront and into the revamped Holywells Park – the first time a Sky Ride route will take advantage of a park.

Roads around the town will be affected - see details here

Full closures: Wherry Quay, Common Quay, Albion Wharf, St Peters Wharf, Key Street, Foundry Lane, Cutler Street, Wolsey Street, Cecilia Street, Chalon Street, Great Gipping Street, Elm Street, King Street, Lower Brook Street, Long Street, Toller Road, Ship Launch Road, Orwell Quay, Neptune Quay

The Sky Ride route

The Sky Ride route - Credit: Archant

Partial closure: College Street, St Peters Street, New Cardinal Street, Princes’ Street, Portman Road, Constantine Road, Sir Alf Ramsey Way, Tavern Street, Upper Brook Street, Star Lane, New Street, Cliff Road, Cliff Lane, Myrtle Road


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Single lane closure: Holywells Road, Duke Street, Grimwade Street

Rolling road closure: Star Lane

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Since the first Ipswich ride in 2011 more than 40,000 people have taken to the streets thanks to its relaxed, festival atmosphere.

John Stebbings, Ipswich Borough Council sport and leisure operations manager, said: “We are committed to getting people up and active, and cycling is a great way for all ages to keep fit.

“It has been very popular in the past and we have been excited to see so many people riding the streets of Ipswich.

“We are sure that this year will be no different and look forward to welcoming even more people on the day to enjoy the various activities around the route. This will hopefully continue to drive up sporting participation in Ipswich and help keep Ipswich as one of the most active towns in England.”

A number of mini Sky Rides have taken place around Ipswich and Kesgrave to whet the appetites of those looking to enjoy the summer sunshine with a gentle bike ride, and a full list of road closures has been published alongside a route map (see panel).

David Bourque, British Cycling’s director of recreation and partnerships, said: “We are delighted to once again bring a big traffic-free cycling event to Ipswich in 2016.

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, how old your bike is, or how fast you ride – at Sky Ride Ipswich it’s all about getting on your bike and having fun.”

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