Around 100 cyclists are expected to take part in a ‘unity and respect’ bike ride to Manchester later this month.
The ride, which takes place on 29 July 2017, has been organised to show support for the victims of the Manchester bomb attack.
The ride has been organised by Rifaqat Ali, Bradford Community Co-ordinator, in partnership with Shazia Awan, Manchester Community Co-ordinator. It is in aid of the ‘We Love Manchester Emergency Fund’.
The Lord Mayor of Bradford will see the cyclists and support vehicles depart from the City Park, Bradford at 9am. The cyclists will then go through Halifax, Todmorden and Rochdale before arriving in Manchester at approximately 4.30pm.
Cyclists will be greeted in Manchester by Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, who will receive a letter of Civic greetings and a small gift on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Bradford.
Councillor Abid Hussain, Lord Mayor of Bradford, said: “Manchester and Bradford are two great cities with a very proud history. This bike ride shows how the people who live in Bradford want to stand in solidarity and support with the victims of the Manchester attack. I want to thank all the cyclists taking part in the ride.”
Rifaqat Ali, Bradford Community Co-ordinator, said: “We have people from all faiths and communities, young and old coming together to take part in this ride. We all want to show how unity and respect are important in overcoming hate and violence. We also want to raise money for those who have been affected by the terrible events that took place in Manchester.”