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Traffic-free cycling event comes to Milton Keynes

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Image caption The centre of Milton Keynes will be traffic-free on 28 August

A number of streets in central Milton Keynes will be closed on Sunday to allow cyclists to ride in a traffic-free environment.

The free Sky Ride event is part of a national campaign to get one million people cycling regularly by 2013.

Hosted by British Cycling and Sky in partnership with Milton Keynes Council, it is hoped that by providing a safe route for riding, complete beginners, children and lapsed cyclists will be inspired to get back on their bikes.

The event, which is designed for people of all ages and abilities, will take place between 10:00 and 16:00 BST.

The 5km route will circle around central Milton Keynes and includes Midsummer Boulevard, The Hub, Avebury Boulevard and Silbury Boulevard.

'In their thousands'

The affected roads will be closed from midnight on 27 to midnight on 28 August.

This is the 14th mass participation event of the campaign, but the first time it has come to Milton Keynes.

Councillor Alex Constantinides, head of transport for Milton Keynes Council, said: "As the event is traffic free, we're hoping that our residents will get right behind Sky Ride in their thousands and encourage all their friends and families to get back in the saddle, for a great day out."

Bikes will be available to hire or residents can take their own.

There will also be bike maintenance workshops taking place.

Other entertainment on the day will include buskers, unicyclists, the MK Dons Tour Bus and MK Dons football training.

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