Bradford Libraries Summer Reading Challenge Cycle Ride

Article dated Thursday Jun 22, 2023 at 09:14 AM

Bradford Libraries are launching this year's Reading Agency Summer Reading Challenge with a cycle ride from Bingley Library to Shipley Library on Saturday 24 June to celebrate the theme of sport and games.

The free bike-ride for children and their parent/carer starts in Ferncliffe Road car park on Ferncliffe Road opposite Bingley Library at 9.45am and follows ride leaders from Bradford's Capital of Cycling along the Leeds Liverpool Canal and on to Shipley Library. Booking is essential for the bike ride. Free tickets can be booked on Ticket Source (search Bradford Libraries) or email for a booking form.

Each child taking part in the ride will be given a free book to keep. Children and their parent/carer must bring their own bike and wear a helmet throughout the ride, they also need to be confident and competent riders and able to ride on the canal tow path safely.

The event continues at Shipley Library from 12noon – 1pm with a free afternoon of stalls and games, a smoothie bike and light refreshments, there will also be a ribbon cutting to mark the start of the Summer Reading Challenge. Booking is not required for this part of the event and all are welcome.

Those booked on to the cycle ride can take part in the return ride which will set off from Shipley Library at 2pm. Families can make alternative arrangements if they wish. Adults booking a ticket can bring along up to two children.

This event marks the start of this year's Summer Reading Challenge, which will see over 100 free events and activities suitable for children between 4 and 11 years old, taking place in libraries across the Bradford district between Saturday 8 July and Saturday 16 September.

Each child taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge will receive a Ready Set Read folder at their local library with stickers to collect; bookmark; frisbee, and - if 6 books are read - a Ready Set Read Certificate and Medal (all subject to availability). You can register free at any library within the Bradford district.

The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK's biggest reading for pleasure programme for children, presented by The Reading Agency and delivered in partnership with libraries. The Challenge encourages children to keep reading during the school summer holidays. They set a reading goal and can read anything they enjoy.

This year the Ready Set Read challenge has been developed in collaboration with the Youth Sport Trust, and will celebrate play and participation to encourage children to engage in reading, games and sports, in any way that best suits them. The Challenge will provide opportunities to showcase how reading can be active and engaged and can itself involve teamwork and community.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: "This year the theme for the Summer Reading Challenge is ‘Ready Set Read' and aims to use the power of play, sport and physical activity through reading, so having a bike ride is a great way of celebrating this. I hope lots of children are able to take part in the bike ride and then keep up with their reading throughout the school holidays by taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge."

To find out more about activities and events for the Summer Reading Challenge visit

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