Council chiefs to discuss cycling developments in Leeds

Published:  18 November, 2015

Councillors in Leeds will discuss a report on the development of cycling in the city as part of the legacy of last summer's start - or Grand Départ - of the Tour de France.

The meeting of Leeds City Council's executive board on today (Wednesday 18 November) will get an update on projects already under way as well as plans to improve cycling infrastructure in the city.

The Cycling Starts Here team which oversaw the Tour de France is now overseeing the development of a long-term cycling plan for the city.

Projects already under way include:

• Continuing development of the Core Cycle network and the 14-mile long City Connect cycling superway from Leeds to Bradford, which is due to be completed in 2016

• Resurfacing of the towpath on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal between Armley and Shipley, which is almost complete and is proving popular with cyclists

• Introducing 20mph speed limits in zones adjacent to the City Connect route as well as in communities around Leeds to improve road safety and encourage cycling participation

• Development of a cycling hub at Fearnville, supported by go:cycling and offering bike lending through the Yorkshire Bike Library Scheme

• More than 350 cycle parking spaces have been created in the city centre

• Hosting the Tour de Yorkshire in 2015 and 2016 to showcase cycling in Leeds

• In 2015 more than 7,000 people took part in Sky Ride through the city centre and the ‘Breeze' programme aimed at encouraging participation among female cyclists

• Providing training for British Cycling-recognised ride leaders - young people through Bikeability and adults through go:cycling.

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