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Cycling and walking

Cycling and walking are great ways to get around the different parts of Leeds. Find out how we are making it easier for you to do this.

Highway to Health,
Highway to Health, Leeds City Region’s bid for a 23km cycle superhighway, has been submitted to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Cycle City Ambition Grant fund.

Linking Bradford and Leeds, the cycle superhighway would provide connectivity with employment sites including those in East Bradford, areas of housing growth such as in East Leeds, key sites of economic regeneration, the two city centres, schools and hospitals as well as other population centres. It would be supplemented by the extensive introduction of 20 mph zones to create attractive quieter neighbourhoods and provide safe access to the core cycle routes as well as design improvements to urban streetscapes and the pedestrian environment.

For more details and to Back the Bid please follow the external link to the Metro website. 

City centre walking
We are making it easier for people to find their way around Leeds city centre, through a series of printed walking maps and street signs. The Walk It Leeds maps and signs clearly show where you can shop and eat and drink, plus highlight the main areas of interest.

The city is very compact and we have spent over £10 million refurbishing the streets to make it more attractive and walkable for visitors.

The Walk It Leeds area of the website can be viewed in the related pages or you can print out the Leeds City Centre map from the documents section.

Alternatively, pick up your free copy from Leeds Visitor Centre located at Leeds train station.

See www.walkit.com for more information on urban walking.

Cycling networks
We are developing a network of core cycle routes in Leeds that will improve conditions for cyclists and encourage cycling as a way of getting around. Each route will be signed and use a combination of cycle lanes, tracks, quiet roads and junction improvements to link housing, Leeds city centre, schools, employment sites, parks, green space and the wider bridleway and cycle route networks.

As part of this project cycle routes have been introduced linking Middleton, West Park, Armley and Alwoodley to the city centre and Temple Newsam with Roundhay Park.

Construction work is currently on-going for a route between Garforth and the City Centre and others are anticipated. Also, last year the Cycle Point facility was opened at the railway station which provides cycle parking, rental, repair and retail.

Leeds Cycling Consultation Forum
The Cycling Consultation Forum is a forum for discussion of matters related to cycling in Leeds.  It is open to interested members of the public and is attended by elected members and officers of Leeds City Council

Proposals for cycling and problems that arise are discussed. There are guest speakers covering detailed matters of interest to cyclists in Leeds.  

Cyclists are encouraged to attend to contribute their view and help make cycling in Leeds a better option for everyone.  

The Forum is held every three months, in January, April, July and October, usually on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, but exact dates vary.  The date of the next meeting will be posted on this website a minimum of two weeks before it takes place.  Meetings are held at Civic Hall.  Please enter on the Cookridge Street side.  

If you would like your name to go on the mailing lists for minutes and agendas please enter your details in the contact tab below.  

Minutes of recent minutes are available in the documents section.

Cycling proficiency
The Bikeability scheme has been developed by the government to a national standard and is currently offered free of charge to Leeds’ schools.


Cycling maps in Leeds

Leeds cycling map
A 2012 edition of the Leeds Cycling Map has been produced by us, specialist cycle map makers and local cyclists. The map covers an area that includes central Leeds, Horsforth, Morley, Pudsey, Rothwell, Shadwell and Yeadon. Using the map cycle, journeys can be planned to use the most appropriate routes for cycling. These are not always obvious. Using the map makes cycling easier and more pleasant. It is free and available from cycle shops, Leeds Gateway Tourist Information Centre, by sending an A5 stamped addressed envelope (SAE) to the contact address.

The Aire Valley Towpath route
Following the 22km route from Leeds to Saltaire, you will discover a variety of attractions and places of interest. Starting from Granary Wharf on the edge of the city centre, the towpath takes you on a peaceful route through the bustling city of Leeds. You will pass a number of attractions including Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, the medieval Kirkstall Abbey, Bramley Falls and Apperley Bridge before reaching your destination at the World Heritage Site village of Saltaire. You can see the Aire Valley towpath information or you can download a map or send an SAE to the contact address. 

West Yorkshire Cycle route
This is a signed, 150 mile circular route, mainly on quiet roads, which roughly follows the West Yorkshire County Boundary. Terrain varies from the flat rolling farmlands in the northeast section within the Leeds Metropolitan Area, to the strenuous rises of the Pennine hills to the west. The whole route can be rode by the fittest cyclist or alternatively use the guide to plan shorter rides between points of interest, which include the tourist centres of Ilkley, Wetherby, Hebden Bridge and Haworth, picturesque villages, and a whole range of landscapes. The map can be received by sending an A5 SAE to the contact address.  Sorry currently out of stock

Transpennine Trail – Leeds section
This mostly off road route follows the Aire and Calder Navigation to the south, past the Royal Armouries and Thwaite Mills Industrial Museum, to the nature reserve at Fleet Bridge and on to Wakefield. Information can be viewed online at www.transpenninetrail.org.uk or you can download a map from this page or send an SAE to the contact address.

Garforth to City Centre
This route uses quiet roads, bridleways and cycle tracks to link Garforth to Thorpe Park, Whitkirk, Temple Newsam Colton, Halton, Richmond Hill and the City Centre.

Armley to City Centre
This route uses cycle lanes and tracks to provide access to the City Centre and Aire Valley Towpath, and provides and alternative to the busy Armley Gyratory.

Wetherby railway path
This route follows the disused railway track between Thorpe Arch Trading Estate and Retail Park and Spofforth, passing through farmland and woods, and the market town of Wetherby. Other attractions include Wetherby racecourse and Spofforth castle. A map can be downloaded on this page or you can send an SAE to the contact address.

The Aireborough Greenway
This route follows a disused railway track between Yeadon and Guiseley. It provides links to local schools and areas of housing and passes the Engine Fields urban nature reserve. You can download a map on this page or send an SAE to the contact address. 

Wyke Beck Way
This route runs between Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam and the Aire Valley Employment Area. It is mainly off-road and provides great access to schools, employment and high quality greenspace. A map is available by clicking the link in the documents section or by sending an SAE to the contact address.

Alwoodley to City Centre Cycle Route
The Alwoodley cycle route uses cycle tracks and quiet roads to provide a safe and  direct  way to cycle to the city centre, taking around 35 minutes inbound.  It passes through Alwoodley, Meanwood, Stainbeck and Little London and provides easy access to Meanwood Urban Farm.  The route is also handy for getting to several schools including Cardinal Heenan Catholic High  School , Allerton High School and the Carr Manor Schools.   A map is available by clicking the link in the documents section or by sending an SAE to the contact address. 

West Park to City Centre Route
The West Park cycle route has been designed to  encourage more cycling amongst students and residents living in the  West Park, Burley Park, Hyde Park and Headingley areas.  The route will improve access to the city centre , University of Leeds’ campus and Weetwood Playing Fields, Leeds Met University City and Headingley campuses, and will also provide a  link to Lawnswood High School. A map is available by clicking the link in the downloads section or by sending an SAE to the contact address.

Middleton to City Centre Cycle Route
The Middleton Route passes schools and parkland on its way to the city centre, and provides easy cycling to a number of other destinations including Beeston, Cross Green and the Trans Pennine Trail and Aire Valley Towpath National Cycle Network Routes. A map is available in the documents section or by sending an SAE to the contact address.

Kirkstall Brewery to City Campuses and Headingley Campus
These routes use quiet roads, bus and cycle lanes, canal towpath and improved junctions to provide convenient routes from Kirkstall Brewery Halls of Residence to the main city centre campuses and Leeds Met Headingley Campus passing by Opal 1 and 2 student accommodation.  A map is available in the documents section or by sending an SAE to the contact address.

Sheepscar interchange
This major junction can be off putting for cyclists and confusing to use, but does have good cycle facilities if you know how to use them.  There is a map in the documents area to help you negotiate your way through. If not there are contact details for more help.

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