LOOP THE LOOP on your bike

The Liverpool Loop Line (The Ralla) is a 10 mile path for walkers and cyclists along a disused railway line that runs from Halewood to Aintree. The Ralla forms part of the 350-mile Trans Pennine Trail and is also part of Route 62 of the National Cycle Network. Many cyclists and pedestrians use the Liverpool Loop Line on a daily basis either for their commute to work or for recreation.

To mark the 25th Anniversary of the Trans Pennine Trail, a series of Choose Freedom bike rides are taking place in partnership with Sustrans along the Liverpool Loop Line. The aim is to show how the Ralla can be used as atransport link.  The rides are every Thursday to 28 August.

Neil Birchall  (pictured,  centre, blue shirt) said  “Nice people, nice weather, nice ride” and Lisa O’Donnell  from  Everton said “Love it, 10 out of 10”.


Liverpool City Council’s Choose Freedom project, delivered by BikeRight!, has often used the Ralla for regular bike rides and special events such as the Valentine’s Day “Love Your Bike” ride. The route is very popular with beginner riders as it gives groups the opportunity to gain confidence and socialise whilst they ride before learning how to ride on-road.


Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: “The Choose Freedom rides are a great chance for cyclists of all abilities and experience to get on their bikes and ride in a safe and sociable environment."

Cyclists will access different attractions in Liverpool each week such as the National Wildflower Centre and Croxteth Park. The rides will begin either from the south end (Garston Urban Village Hall) or the north end (Walton Hall Park Sports Centre) on alternate weeks. The distance of the rides will increase each week with the aim of undertaking a 20-mile challenge ride to Southport at the end of the summer. A full list of rides and dates can be found on the Choose Freedom website 
Cyclists will access different attractions in Liverpool each week such as the National Wildflower Centre and Croxteth Park. The rides will begin either from the south end (Garston Urban Village Hall) or the north end (Walton Hall Park Sports Centre) on alternate weeks. The distance of the rides will increase each week with the aim of undertaking a 20-mile challenge ride to Southport at the end of the summer. A full list of rides and dates can be found on the Choose Freedom website www.bikeright/co.uk/freedom

 
To book onto a ride please e-mail freedom@bikeright.co.uk or telephone 0151 482 5705.  Bikes are provided if needed.


Notes to editors

Choose Freedom is wholly funded by the Department for Transport through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. The project aims to improve access to training and employment through the development of sustainable travel such as walking and cycling.

Delivered by BikeRight! this successful City Council programme is focussed on residents of Everton, Kirkdale, Speke and Garston and is managed through BikeRight!’s two offices in Liverpool.