From the blog
In just under a week the Coventry Ring Road, an urban motorway normally reserved for the exclusive use of vehicular traffic, will be open to pedestrians and cyclists as part of the Godiva Awakes – The Homecoming promenade:
“On Saturday 10 August 2013 Godiva will make her triumphant return to her home town of Coventry aboard her Cyclopedia with a cavalcade of cyclists and walkers joining her on Coventry’s iconic ring road.
The Homecoming will support Cycle Coventry – a three year project which aims to improve facilities for cyclists and pedestrians in order to encourage more people, of all ages, to enjoy the health and recreational benefits of cycling and also see the launch of Coventry on the Move, a major new campaign led by Coventry City Council aimed at encouraging people to get up and active and a enjoy a healthier life.
Cyclists of all abilities are invited to take part in two ‘Ride the Ring Road’ waves during the morning before joining Godiva’s cavalcade – one for advanced cyclists at 9am and one for leisure cyclists at 10.15am.
(Please note that cyclists must be a minimum of 8 years old. Riders aged 12 and under must be accompanied by a responsible person aged 16+ on a one to one basis. Children under the age of 8 can participate on trailer bikes or fitted cycle seats. There is no upper age limit and a limited number of bikes will be available to loan). Cyclists are advised that they should pre-register to Ride the Ring Road.
No pre-registration is required to take part in the cavalcade when walkers and people on mobility scooters are also welcome to join in.”
The event is in part inspired by the South American Ciclovía initiatives, but takes on a very Coventry flavour tying in with the Godiva Homecoming.
The event promises to be a true spectacular, as well as an opportunity to (briefly) reclaim streets that are normally inaccessible to pedestrians and cyclists.
We would love to think that the opportunity to see the city from this fresh perspective may provide a catalyst for thinking about both the form and role of the ring road, as well as the importance and priority placed on pedestrian and cyclist movements around Coventry's city centre in the future.
This sounds like a fantastic event that we would encourage anyone to go along and enjoy and support.
You can find much more information here:
For further details including joining instructions:
and details from Coventry City Council: