From the outset the CityConnect programme has focused on putting people at the heart of everything we do – opening up access to walking and cycling routes, helping residents overcome barriers and connecting communities with opportunities for work, training and leisure.
We’ve joined forces with a group of West Yorkshire residents to share their personal stories about the impact cycling has had on their lives to inspire more people to travel by bike.
Two-thirds of journeys made by West Yorkshire residents are under five miles, yet according to data from the last census, although 11% of journeys to work are already made on foot, just 1.3% are by bike.
Through the CityConnect programme and in partnership with others, the Combined Authority is not only building new cycling and walking routes and improving existing infrastructure, it also offers a range of free services, including adult cycle training, bike maintenance courses and support for businesses.
How we can help you switch to two wheels
We’re building new high quality cycling and walking routes segregated from traffic and we’re improving existing infrastructure. Our routes include the 23km Bradford Leeds Cycle Superhighway, the Castleford Wakefield Greenway and canal towpath improvements in Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale.
Plan your journey with our online map.
Free adult cycle training
Would you like to cycle but don’t feel like you have the skills or confidence? From learning to ride to cycling in traffic, tackling busy junctions and roundabouts and bike maintenance – whatever your ability we’ve got it covered. We’ll even provide you with a bike when you’re there.
Book a place on one of our courses.
In need of some extra motivation? Take part in our fun and friendly online cycle challenge – log your miles, set goals and earn badges for cycling to work for a week, riding 100 miles or encouraging a friend or colleague to take part.
Register for Love to Ride.
Support for businesses
Employees who commute by bike are more productive and take fewer days off sick. We provide grants of up to £5,000, free expert advice and tailored support to help employers encourage more of their staff to cycle to work.
Find out how we can help your organisation be more cycling friendly.
Meet our Make Your Move ambassadors
Whether it is cycling to work or to school, for fun or for health reasons, on their own or with family and friends, each person’s story shines a spotlight on the benefits of travelling by bike.
Five years ago Rob Glover, of Luddendenfoot, was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia. For him cycling has been a “saviour” and a way to “reconnect with the rest of the world.”
Annika McDonald, of Whinmoor, started commuting into Leeds by bike earlier this year following the completion of the latest section of the Bradford Leeds Cycle Superhighway between Seacroft and Leeds city centre and hasn’t looked back since.
Dr Rajinder Singh is saving time and money, as well as meeting like-minded people, thanks to his commute from Apperley Bridge along the canal towpath into Leeds.
For Chris Widdop, cycling is not only a way of getting from A to B, it has also provided a route into employment.
Helena Romanowska is a member of Queensbury Queens, a cycling club for women. She is fitter, healthier, lighter and has a massive social life thanks to cycling.
For Emma and Rob Young and their two young sons, who live just off the Bradford Leeds Cycle Superhighway in Pudsey, cycling to school as well as to work, is a way of life.