CYCLISTS OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES have the chance to ‘saddle up’ for the annual Active Sunderland Big Bike Ride 2018.

A weekend of cycling events on 16/17 June offers three alternative routes with the focus on leisure, recreational and family cycling.

This year will see the return of the BIG Family Ride to Herrington Country Park on Saturday 16 June, followed by the 20 and 35 mile rides from St. Peter’s Riverside on Sunday 17 June.

Both rides on Sunday will use Sunderland’s expansive 141km (87.6 miles) cycle path network, with routes stretching across the city and accessible to all for work, recreation and leisure.

Sunderland City Council’s Head of Events, Victoria French, said: “We are delighted once again to organise the Active Sunderland Big Bike Ride.

“The event has been an outstanding success in previous years and has been very popular with hundreds of cyclists.

“It promises to be a great weekend of cycling and on the Saturday Herrington Country Park provides a great setting for the family ride on traffic free paths within the park.”

Victoria French added: “Sunday is also Father’s Day so I hope we will see lots of dads cycling with their family and friends on the longer routes.”

Sunderland City Council would like to thank event sponsors PCI Services for their support with the Active Sunderland BIG Bike Ride 2018. PCI Services, based in Rainton Bridge Business Park, provide a full range of IT Services for businesses large and small spanning many industry sectors.

Company Director Joe Olabode said: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Active Sunderland to sponsor such great local events and see it as doing our bit to support the local community and their health and wellbeing.”

He added: “We here at PCI are proud to be involved in these events and hope you all enjoy the events and we look forward to seeing you all there!”


Entry is only £10 per person and includes an Active Sunderland backpack, medal and goody bag.

To enter the Active Sunderland BIG Bike Ride and for further information please go to .


  • BIG Walk, Sunday 30 September
  • BIG Community Sports and Activity Festivals, every Wednesday from 1 – 29 August

For further information on the Active Sunderland programme for 2018 please visit or email . You can also check the Active Sunderland Facebook page for all the latest news.