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 and walking has had on their lives to inspire more people to travel by bike or on foot.
How we can help you switch to two wheels
Meet our new Make Your Move ambassadors
Whether it is cycling or walking to work or to university, for fun or for health reasons, on their own or with others, each person’s story shines a spotlight on the benefits of travelling by bike or on foot.
Ben Turner started cycling in his second year at university as a cheap and easy way to get around. He hasn’t looked back since and now takes his bike out to the Yorkshire Dales.
For community leader Irfan Mohmed, cycling is about health and headspace. Our free adult training has given Irfan the confidence to cycle on the road and explore new routes, and now he encourages friends and family to join him.
Soffia Bowring has lost two stone since she started cycling. For Soffia, who works at one of our Bike Friendly Businesses, Sky Betting and Gaming, commuting by bike means she avoids the traffic and doesn’t have to pay for parking.
Victoria Sayers-Snowden enjoys a lunchtime walk with her colleagues. Since building more walking into her daily life she has lost weight, toned up, feels more energised and has made new friends.
Meet the rest of our Make Your Move ambassadors
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.
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