— The Independent (@Independent) November 20, 2013
Congratulations people of Hull for winning the rights to be UK city of culture in 2017. Hull is due a little bit of luck and with a rich bohemian tradition and a definite arty undercurrent, it’ll make a fine choice and reap big benefits. Being biased toward cycle friendly – or at least tolerant – urban spaces, I also love the fact that the city has a rich tradition of cycling among its residents – Hull is pancake flat, has relatively wide roads and provides ready access to some fantastic rural riding. So in the spirit of the award itself, here are some links from this blog about the city and some further reasons to investigate the Humber area.
East Coast cycles – One of many fine bikeshops in Hull, but probably out on its own in terms of soul.
Urban exploring industrial legacy– In common with many ports, its fascinating exploring the old docks area of Hull. With around 6 centuries of history and a strong Victorian presence, pack a camera and an Indiana Jones attitude.
Reka and the big ride – An active community of cyclists pushing the boundaries to raise money for local cancer treatment centres.
Pop up artshops – Judy’s attic. One group’s response to kickstarting commercial activity in central Hull.
…and if you fancy some touring or training, cycle out of the city through Cottingham, Skidby, Beverley and into the East Riding – near perfect country lane riding and plenty of decent pub stops. In fact……screw training, do lots of recreational riding, then head off to one of Europe’s biggest aquariums at the Deep, have a pint in an 18th century pub or attend the Hull festival (August), where warehouses are turned into cafés and store rooms into art galleries.
Again…..congrats to Hull for being named UK city of culture in 2017