Let's Ride Southampton 2018

Join us from 11-3pm on Sunday 17th June 2018 for the HSBC UK Let's Ride Southampton cycle event in partnership with British Cycling and ride the 6km traffic-free route from Guildhall Square whilst enjoying a range of music and dance shows, bike demos, and opportunities to have a go at everything cycling related.
It doesn’t matter what kind of bike you want to ride, how fast you go, or how old you are. It’s entirely free to take part - so let’s ride!
 
We are grateful to the University of Southampton for helping us turn this already great cycling event into even more of a community festival this year, with free live music and arts activities on Guildhall Square and East Park that we hope you will enjoy. These events are part of a wider City Council-University partnership initiative to transform Southampton into an even more vibrant, sustainable and people-friendly City for the future.
 

Changes to some bus routes 

Due to the road closures, some bus routes and stops may be affected on the 17 June.

Blue Star and Unilink > 

First Bus Southampton > 
Xelabus > 

 

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Latest event news!

Hire a FREE bike!

Want to come along but not got a bike? Coming from further away by public transport and struggling to transport your bike? Download the YoBike app, create an account and find a bike to unlock for FREE with code LETSRIDE if you're quick! It should be a straightforward process and we'll have a whole batch of YoBikes in the Common and East Park. If you have questions, head to East Park where the local Yobike manager will be on hand to advise. More info: https://...yobike.com/

Get local discounts from participating at Let’s Ride Southampton

We are excited to be able to offer discounts on food and drink to participants of Let’s Ride Southampton. Just show your bib in the cafes and restaurants below to receive your discount.

• Starbucks – Above Bar Street only - 10% discounts on food and drink
• Tapas Barcelona - Free tapas dish to everyone who shows their Let’s Ride bib
• Yates – Access to £2.95 menu with Let’s Ride bib
 Momento – 10% off of food and drink
• Mettricks – 10% off of food
• Belgium and Blues – 10% off selected drinks and 15% off food
• Stable Pizza – 20% off food for everyone who shows their Let’s Ride bib
• Artisan – Buy one get one free on Italian Iced sodas for the day

Route confirmed for Let's Ride Southampton cycling festival!

Together with British Cycling and HSBC UK we have confirmed the route which thousands of people in and around the area will take as they pedal their way through Southampton for the HSBC UK Let’s Ride Southampton event, taking place on Sunday 17th June.

The free-to-attend event will get underway at 11am from Guildhall Square, with the 6km course taking participants past local landmarks and three ‘festival zones’ with activities taking place at Guildhall Square, Southampton Common and East Park.

What you can expect from Let's Ride Southampton

It's more than just a great bike ride. There’s plenty to do for all the family (even those not riding!). Here is a taste of what you can watch, try and get involved with.

At the start hub, Guildhall Square:

  • Come along and make some noise for the official start at 11am
  • Live music throughout the day, including 4 time UK beatbox Champion Grace Savage and local artists
  • Line up of musicians throughout the day
  • Watch Danny Butler’s Extreme Mountain Bike Stunt Show performing throughout the day
  • Try to beat the clock and your challenger - roller racing with Hargroves Cycles
  • Collect your commemorative event bib and get it personalised with your name or club
  • Grab a drink and a bite to eat in the cafes in Guildhall Square.

Southampton Common:

  • Speed into the common through the Sprint Zone
  • Need an adapted bike? Try our demo fleet with Cycles4All
  • Test your skills with British Cycling’s Go Ride Coaching and Skills Zone
  • Have a little one with a balance bike? Watch them race on a mini-circuit!
  • Try something different, look out for Saints Foundation and their inflatable goals
  • Join the Wattbike Challenge and get yourself on the leaderboard
  • Find out more about how to get involved in British Cycling’s guided and women only rides.

East Park - Cycle Savvy Pit Stop:

  • Bring a lock to park your bike and enjoy the activities and check out nearby Guildhall Square
  • Bling your bike with local artists
  • Get your bike checked with Dr Bike and local mechanics
  • Find out Southampton’s plans for new cycle infrastructure in the City
  • Find out more about local cycle clubs and community groups including - Clean Air Southampton / Cycling UK / Monty’s Bike Hub / My Journey / Re-Cycle Bikes (SSJ) / SCC Highways / Solent Air Watch / Southampton Cycle Campaign / Southampton Fostering / Sustrans / The Hub Cycleworks / Transition Southampton / VintVelo.

At special points along the route:

  • Keep an eye out for a number of friendly mascots
  • Listen out for the music bike
  • You won’t miss the local well loved Southampton Ukulele Jam
  • Try a Yo Bike and get your first ride for FREE at the event
  • Get your bike fixed after or before the event in the Get Cycle Savvy Pit Stop in East Park
  • Get involved with the electric bike try out
  • Grab a drink and a bite to eat in the cafes in Guildhall Square.

Dr Bikes in the city

If you are coming to Let's Ride Southampton get your bike road worthy at one of our Dr Bike events in the Bargate and Guildhall Square in the next few weeks. If you are unsure about coming to the event because your bike isn't in great shape, then the Dr Bike can make sure its fixed and ready for Sunday 17th June!

Ride with us to Let's Ride Southampton

If you live within cycling distance of the event you can leave your car at home and come ride in to Southampton with us. Qualified British Cycling Ride Leaders will guide you along routes into Guildhall Square with pickups from Totton, Eastleigh, Sholing and Weston.

Totton Led Ride starting at Hargroves

Eastleigh Led Ride starting at Fleming Park

Sholing Led Ride starting at Monty's bike hub

We’re looking for volunteers to help us on the day

British Cycling are looking for friendly, enthusiastic people to get involved in Let’s Ride Southampton this year to help make the event an unforgettable experience for the thousands of people taking part.
Volunteers will be a crucial part of the day and in exchange for your time British Cycling will give you some basic training, something to wear, and provide support on the day to ensure you have a great time too!

So, if you enjoy the buzz of a big event, and are willing to give up your own time to, then get involved.

Getting to Southampton

By road: Park and Cycle

If you’d prefer to join the route at The Common, there will be free limited parking available at University of Southampton’s Avenue campus car park (SO17 1NX). Please note this is provided on a first-come-first-served basis; make sure you have alternative arrangements in case the car park is full.

Otherwise view the Map of City Centre Car parks but please be aware of road closures on the route.

By train:

Southampton Central Railway station is within 10 minutes’ walk of Guildhall Square, with regular and frequent services from London and other major city links. Note standard cycle restrictions will apply – check with train operators in advance of your journey.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

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Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Hub Cycleworks
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Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

Sunday Social Walk

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common
At a loose end on Sundays? Join us for a fairly brisk hour-long walk and stay around for a chat afterwards. A good walk in good company!

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