Posted on 10 May 2013
Organised jointly by the University and the Students’ Union (YUSU), the York@50 Bike Rides will raise money for an Anniversary fund-raising campaign, Project Snowball. The project aims to renovate the Snowball Plantation, an outdoor activity centre for young people in Stockton on the Forest.
Cyclists from departments across campus, including Chemistry, Language and Linguistic Science, the Library and Estates and Campus Services, have already signed up to take part but the organisers say more are welcome both from within the University and the local community.
The Snowball Plantation is used by St John Ambulance, local scout and guide groups, the Pre-school Learning Alliance, many local community sports clubs and the University of York student project, Kids’ Camp.
The York@50 Big Bike Ride will start and finish at York Sport Village and participants can choose to cycle 52 or 25 miles. Suitable for cyclists of all abilities, the rides are fully supported and pass through the quiet country lanes on the outskirts of York.
This bike ride is a chance to get students, staff and alumni together for a great cause
Dr Jane Grenville
For younger riders there is a York@50 Family Ride on the new traffic-free 1 km fixed circuit at York Sport Village.
If cycling does not appeal then people can still support Project Snowball by sponsoring a friend or volunteer to help with renovation work at the Snowball Plantation later in the year, or simply make a gift.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jane Grenville, who will be taking part in the York@50 Big Bike Ride, said:
"This bike ride is a chance to get students, staff and alumni together for a great cause. What better way to celebrate our anniversary and give something back to the local community. If I can do it, anyone can!”
For more information on how to sign up, volunteer or give visit www.yorkspace.net/york50.