Get involved with Bike Week 100!

Bike week is upon us! From Monday 5th June to Sunday 11th June, we’re talking all things cycling. This year’s Bike Week, delivered by Cycling UK, is the 100th annual awareness event, marking a century of celebrating everyday cycling for everyone.

So, it’s your chance to get involved. There is no better time to utilise the Go Smarter Go Active route itineraries or head along to one of the events coming up during bike week and into the summer.


Events are in full swing, with more events being added to the calendar all the time, so keep checking back to find your nearest Dr. Bike session, led ride or family cycling event. The list of upcoming events is here, but you can check out some of the highlights below.

Dr. Bike Session: Saturday 10th June

10:00am – 3:00pm

Bring your bike along for a free health check carried out by one of our skilled bike maintenance professionals from Sunderland Young Bike People’s Project.

Free Family Cycle Training- Learn to Ride classes: Sunday 11th June

10:00am – 12:00pm

Learn to ride classes are aimed at those who can balance but can’t pedal without stabilisers and generally suited for those who are 5+ years, including older children and adults.

Family Cycle Ride – Big Bike Week

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Family Cycle Rides are led by an instructor for adults and children who can cycle with a degree of confidence. The ride is approximately 5 miles along the river to the seaside.

Route Itineraries

Whether you fancy cycling along the breath-taking Northumberland or Tyne and Wear coastline, or strolling along the history steeped streets of Durham, there’s something for everyone, no matter your age or ability. Click here for a full list, or enjoy the recommendations from the Go Active Go Smarter Team below.

Discover Derwent

  • 12 miles
  • Mostly flat, some hilly areas and rough paths
  • Fully accessible to walkers, wheeled pedestrians and cyclists

The old Derwent Valley Railway used to carry passengers and goods between Newcastle and Consett until closing in 1962. This route, encompassing Gateshead and Durham, passes many points of interest, including Derwenthaugh cokeworks, Axwell Hall, Hollinside Manor and Gibside Hall.

The Keel Line Trail

  • 4.5 miles
  • Mostly flat
  • Fully accessible to walkers, wheeled pedestrians and cyclists

Covering Sunderland and South Tyneside, the Keel Line Trail takes intrepid travellers from solid ground to the rolling North Sea waves- a route inspired by a rich maritime history.

Please note:

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Go Smarter Go Active accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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