HSBC scheme encouraging Islanders to get cycling
ISLANDERS of all ages and abilities are being encouraged to get on their bikes and join a new nationwide initiative being brought to Jersey by a local bank.
Let’s Ride Jersey will take place from 9.30 am on Sunday 19 August and is part of a scheme to inspire more people to get out on their bikes.
The inaugural family-friendly event includes group ride-outs from Les Jardins de la Mer to Bel Royal and a sprint challenge for the more competitive riders.
Organiser HSBC, which is staging similar events throughout the UK, hope the event will inspire Islanders to take part in recreational cycling, boosting their physical and mental wellbeing and encourage people to help create a greener, healthier environment for the future.
Les Jardins de la Mer will be the main centre of activity, and will be host to a number of stalls including trial bike displays, obstacle courses and food stalls.
Chief executive of HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man Tracy Garrad said: ‘Let’s Ride has proven to be a huge success in the UK and we are really excited about bringing it to Jersey. We believe cycling offers some real benefits and is a fantastic way to enjoy Jersey’s beautiful scenery.’
Ashley Hillier, chairman of the Jersey Cycling Association Youth Academy, which is sponsored by HSBC, said: ‘We hope that it will inspire more families to venture out and enjoy one of the most accessible forms of recreation.’
The event is free and open to everyone but places must be booked in advance via the website letsride.co.uk/events/jersey.