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Take free bike rides and meet artists at work

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

FREE guided bike rides in Leicester this week will give people the chance to meet the artists creating street art for the Bring The Paint festival.

Artists will be at work from Wednesday May 25 to create dramatic, large-scale street art for the popular international festival, which takes place in central Leicester from May 25-29.

From 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week, everyone is invited to join a free bike ride led by an experienced guide, departing from the Town Hall Bike Park.

The rides will be gentle, short and with plenty of stops to watch street artists at work, as well as admire some of the impressive pieces created for previous Bring The Paint festivals. The routes will largely remain on traffic-free cycle paths and quiet streets.

It is also a unique opportunity to meet and discuss with the artists at work. Each day a different artist will talk to riders about their inspiration, their plans for their work and their entry into street art.

On Saturday and Sunday, guided rides will also depart from Town Hall Bike Park at 1pm. These rides will showcase the artwork once it’s completed, complete with commentary from the animators.

You don’t have a bike? No problem. For the duration of the Bring the Paint festival, the city’s e-bike sharing scheme, Santander Cycles Leicester, is offering a special offer. A free £5 credit will be added to the “virtual wallet” of the first 200 members of the scheme who quote BTPF2022. To become a member, simply visit rideonleicester.com or download the Ride On UK app. Annual, monthly and prepaid subscriptions are available.

The £5 credit offer was provided by BID Leicester, the not-for-profit partnership of local businesses working together to help bring visitors to the city.

The city’s deputy mayor for environment and transport, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: ‘Bring The Paint is a very popular and ideal festival to connect with Santander Cycles Leicester as the perfect way to see this artwork is at bike.

“These guided walks give people the chance to experience how easy and convenient it can be to get around Leicester by bike, thanks to the work we’ve done to connect the city with safe cycle paths. It’s also a unique opportunity to see and meet the artists at work.

“People will also be on hand on the rides to help anyone wanting to try one of our Santander Cycles Leicester e-bikes.”

Rides are open to all ages and abilities and can be booked on letsride.co.uk

Join Santander Cycles Leicester at rideonleicester.com (16+).

Find out more about Bring The Paint at https://www.bringthepaint.co.uk/

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Image shows details of DirtyBrum’s HOMBOOG artwork. Photo credit: Graffwerk


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