Bike Friday – Cycle in Style.


On Friday 25th June, as part of Bike Week 2010, Bike Friday are inviting people in Greater Manchester to join one of the Bike Friday cycle routes and ‘Cycle in Style’ to highlight how well style and function can be combined when cycling to work or for leisure. [1]

As well as highlighting the benefits of cycling for getting to work on time, saving money and feeling fitter, the “Cycle in Style” rides are also promoting the Bike Fabulous cycle fashion show in Manchester Arndale on Saturday 26th June.

With support from Manchester City Council and Manchester Arndale, Bike Fabulous will provide a showcase for a range of stylish and functional bicycles, clothing and accessories and will demonstrate to Manchester Arndale visitors how easy it is to cycle in style. [2] Throughout Saturday, events will include:

  • Fashion catwalk shows that will feature products designed for cycling in style and high street brands combined for versatile looks.

  • Bicycle Maintenance demonstrations

  • Cycle Treasure hunts in participating Manchester Arndale stores

  • “Pimp my Ridewear” sessions to redesign and redecorate hi-vis vests

  • Pedal powered PA system – sign up for a cycling session and help us power the event with green energy.

  • Makeover sessions – advice on how to tackle helmet hair and other cycling style issues.

  • Enter the prize draw competition for a Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative Revolution Track single speed bicycle worth £300.

  • Win a private party in Lush for up to 10 people including food & drink and many wonderful Lush treatments…. and much more.

Catherine Thomson from Love Your Bike said:

“Cycling is a great way to travel to work, to the shops or for leisure. The Bike Friday and Bike Fabulous events will also show how easy it is to combine cycling and style.“

The Bike Friday rides finish in Exchange Square, Corporation Street where there will be a free Dr Bike session available for participants. Free ankle-snap bands (reflective bands) will also be available for all new Bike Friday riders.

Bike Friday combines a range of cycle rides into the City Centre from various locations as well as working with companies and local authorities in Greater Manchester to promote cycling, improve cycle facilities and to encourage more people to continue cycling to school and to work and for leisure all year round.



Katy Carlisle, Bike Fabulous co-ordinator. Mobile: 07779 115973

Pete Abel, Love Your Bike campaign. Mobile: 07951 642858

Notes to Editors:

[1] The Bike Friday cycle rides start at 8am from Chorlton Library, Levenshulme Station, Prestwich Pizza Express, Stretford Mall and Withington Library and finish at approx 8.30am at the Triangle, Corporation Street, City Centre. The Bike Friday cycle rides take place on the morning of the last Friday of every month (except December). The rides go a moderate pace, have experienced ride leaders, are entirely law-abiding and can help people develop more confidence in their cycling abilities. Bike Friday is part of the Love Your Bike Campaign. New Bike Friday route. Worsley, Monton, Salford to Manchester City Centre. Start time 7.40am.

For details of the routes see: or join the Bike Friday Facebook group

[2] Bike Fabulous, 11am – 4pm, Saturday 26th June, Manchester Arndale, Exchange Court. See

Love Your Bike would like to thank the following companies and organisations for their support for Bike Fabulous: Manchester Arndale, Manchester City Council, Creative Concern and Bamboo Bikes, Bicycle Doctor, BikeRight!, Body Shop, Clas Ohlsen, Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative, Helly Hansen, Lush, Pannone, Ridelow.

[3] Love Your Bike is an award winning Manchester based campaign aiming to promote cycling and help make it an even more attractive, accessible and fun way to get around. Co-ordinated by Manchester Friends of the Earth, the campaign works in partnership with other like-minded organisations. See