Cycling is a great activity for all the family. From tiny tots, kids can join the grown-ups on bike carriers and pull-alongs and as soon as they are old enough they can ride alongside – or, most likely, way ahead! – on their own bikes.
Across the UK you’ll discover a wealth of traffic-free or quiet road cycling that’s ideal for a family outing. Check out Sustrans for National Cycle Way routes.
If you have hybrid bikes or mountain bikes you can also take advantage of hundreds of miles of off-road trails at mountain biking centres or a spreading network of natural routes amid our fantastic countryside.
Another great thing to do with the family is an organised bike ride. Increasingly, cycling events are including a shorter ride or a fun ride aimed at encouraging families with children of all ages to get on their bikes.
5 great family cycling events
The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Cycle
Three bike rides at three locations on Sunday March 23 will raise funds for Sport Relief. There will be a three-mile family ride, as well as a 25-mile and 50-mile challenge in Glasgow, Manchester and London.
The London Cycle: Athree-mile Family Cycle takes place in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, while there’s also two tough 25 and 50-mile routes that start and finish at the park.
The Glasgow Cycle: Tollcross park is where the three-mile Family Cycle takes place. The tougher 25 and 50-mile routes start from the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and finish in the park.
The Manchester Cycle: The 3-mile Family Cycle takes place at Old Trafford football stadium, which is also where the tougher 25 and 50-mile routes start and finish.
All riders are encouraged to raise money through sponsorship.
Family Tweed Ride
The UK’s biggest cycling festival, Tweedlove, has launched a new family ride. The gentle 10-mile Tweed Ride, near Peebles in the Scottish Borders, takes place on June 2.
Organisers say the Tweed Ride is a celebration of the River Tweed and the Tweed fabric.
Riders are being encouraged to take part in the mass pedal dressed in tweeds and other period clothing and, where possible, on old-style bicycles.
The event starts in Peebles, follows traffic-free cycle paths and quiet roads and finishes at historic Traquair House, where there will be a family focused festival of music and local food and drink.
Nottingham City Ride
Three distances, 2.5 miles, 7.5 miles or 10.5 miles, of predominantly off-road cycling makes the Nottingham City Ride on Saturday June 21 perfect for families with younger children or for beginner riders. Choose your distance and start time.
There is also a Nottingham Grand Prix taking place on the same day and a series of longer cycling events, from 25 to 100 miles, on the Sunday.
Wiltshire family valley ride
Taking places as part of the Wiltshire 100 & Big Wheel Bike Ride on Sunday September 7, there’s a 12-mile family ride that explores the Vale of Pewsey. Riders can raise money for a charity of their choice. The event starts and finishes at Devizes. To enter.
Pedal for Scotland
Scotland’s biggest ride offers a distance for all. There’s a nine-mile Edinburgh Family Ride, a 47-mile Challenge Ride, which many families also take part in, and a 110-mile sportive. Both of the two latter rides head from Glasgow to Edinburgh, although they take different routes.