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Cycling in Leeds

Cycling is a great way to get around. Using a bike to travel to and from different areas of Leeds can be fun and educational. Why not commute to work on your bike? More and more companies are providing on-site cycle parking and Leeds train station has a cycle point facility where you can park or hire a bike. It's a brilliant form of transport for a range of journeys and has the added benefit of getting fit.

Use the concertina below to find out more about cycling in Leeds, the Leeds Cycle Network, the Highway Network, the ​Leeds Core Cycle Network Project and safe cycle routes around the city.​

Whilst we have endeavoured to ensure that the information in the West Yorkshire Cycle Map is accurate, we cannot guarantee that it is free from errors and omissions; in particular it should only be treated as an indication of public rights of way, and should not be considered as a legal document.​​​

Click to expandLeeds Cycling Consultation Forum

​​The Cycling Consultation Forum is 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. It does not replace or supersede other consultation processes operated by the Council.

The remaining 2017 date for the Cycle Forum is Wednesday 11th October at 18:00 for a 18:15 start at Committee Room 1, Civic Hall, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 1UR.

If you are wishing to report a fault or damage to any cycling infrastructure please do so using the Report a Highways Issue page.

Click to expandThe Leeds Cycling Starts Here Strategy

Building the success of the Tour de France, Tour de Yorkshire, and consultation with Leeds residents, the Leeds Cycle Starts Here (CSH) Strategy offers a reinvigorated approach to developing Leeds as a city that embraces cycling as an everyday normal activity for all, whether that is going about your daily business, cycling for fun or leisure, or pursuing cycling as a sporting activity.

The Leeds Cycling Starts Here Strategy has been developed by bringing together private enterprise, charities, Leeds City Council services, and partners from across the district alongside the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA).

The CSH Strategy is launching at a vital time in the development of cycling for the UK. In April 2017 the Government released its first national statutory Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) which details the Government’s aspirations for cycling and walking up to 2040 and the ambition to make cycling and walking the natural choices for shorter journeys, or as part of a longer journey. The CSH Strategy is fully complementary to the CWIS approach and will form part of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). The CSH Strategy is in line with the draft West Yorkshire Transport Strategy, the new Leeds Transport Strategy, and the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Strategy, and Active Leeds objectives.

The following documents are available to view from this page:

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Click to expandSafe Cycle Routes in Leeds and West Yorkshire

Planning your cycling route will make the journey more fun and grow your confidence especially when cycling for the first time in new areas. The new West Yorkshire Digital Cycle Map has been produced by the five West Yorkshire Councils and the ‘City Connect’ Team after consulting local cyclists. The map now seamlessly covers the entire WY region allowing you to confidently plan longer journeys in the region. Zoom into the map to reveal more detail, and click on links to get more information. Select the layers to reveal additional routes.

Whilst we have endeavoured to ensure that the information in this product is accurate, we cannot guarantee that it is free from errors and omissions; in particular it should only be treated as an indication of public rights of way, and should not be considered as a legal document.

There is currently no printed product (like the previous Leeds Cycle Map) but we are working on this. It is possible to print off any part of the map and it works on mobile devices. The ‘Cycle Streets Journey Planner’ has been added to the map and the routes it generates will be refined over the coming months. If you find any errors or omissions on the map please email details to Travelwise@leeds.gov.uk and these will be checked, and the map amended, at the next scheduled update.​​​​​​​​

Click to expandLet's Ride - Leeds

Let's ride more in 2017

Free bike rides to join, and great routes to explore from British Cycling and HSBC UK

Let's Ride

Click to expandSustrans

Sustrans is a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.

Sustrans works with communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people can choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys and enjoy better, safer spaces to live in. Sustrans provides loads of information on cycling including road safety, bike maintainence, cycling for women and many more...

For more information about Sustrans click the link below. ​​

Sustrans

Click to expandLeeds Cycle Network

Leeds Cycle Network July 2013 Update

Designs are now available for the Chapeltown to City Centre route which provides a route on Regent Street and Sheepscar Street South with links to Meanwood Road, Chapeltown Road, Scott Hall Road, Mabgate and the A64. We have already consulted considerably on this and we are hoping to progress this in the coming months. Plans are available to view and download on this page. Please see Chapeltown to City Centre Plan1 and Plan 2.

 

Some roads and tracks may not be on a specific, named cycle route but have been identified as having a particular importance for cyclists. These might be a local road linking two named cycle routes, a track across a field (perhaps to a school), or a busier road which is an important link in the overall network. These routes are continually changing as the cycle network develops, and consultation on them will not take place unless we have an opportunity to progress them. The Leeds Cycle Network plans will be available in the Downloads section soon.

Click to expandThe Highway Network

​Cyclists should be able to use all roads (except motorways) regardless of whether they are on an identified cycle route or not. We try to ensure this by thinking about cyclists in every transport related scheme we undertake and by using guidance documents such as LTN 2/08 Cycling Infrastructure Design, which talks about cycle lanes and tracks but also about less obvious features such as what gaps should be left between kerbs at traffic islands, how traffic calming features should look etc.
 
The Related Pages and External Links sections of this page lead to these guidance documents, plus our annual programme of traffic schemes, which set out what projects the Council will be undertaking this year. There are also links that enable you to report a fault on the Highway, with traffic signals or on footpaths and bridleways

Click to expandLeeds Core Cycle Network Project (LCCN)

​This is our project to provide routes around Leeds specifically for cyclists. They will be given names and will be signed. They may form routes to schools, shops or to leisure opportunities but they are primarily aimed at helping cyclists get into work. Routes can be found in the documents section.

We are currently reviewing the LCCN to take into account feedback about existing routes, new guidance and best practice from across the country and abroad. User groups have been set up and a programme of consultation is about to begin. If you want to be involved you can:

•Join the Cycling Consultation Forum
•Join the consultation group specific to a particular corridor
•Keep an eye on this webpage. Drawings may be downloaded in the section below, as they become available.
•For general discussion on sustainable travel follow @LeedsTravelWise on Twitter
•Once we have proposals that cyclists can sign up to, we will be carrying out more general consultations.

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Click to expandRide-to-Work

​Cycling to work is a great way to start the day. Commuting by bike has health and financial benefits and is also good for the environment, there are many cycle to work schemes in Leeds and the UK such as BikeHub, Evans Cycles and Sustrans' UTravelActive. See below and in the External Links section for further information.​​​

Bike Hub

Ride-to-Work

Click to expandCycle Yorkshire

​Cycle Yorkshire is a unique initiative seeking to use Yorkshire's Grand Depart to deliver a region wide cycling legacy for all generations and all abilities.

Every year Yorkshire plays host to major races on the cycling calendar from professional road races to world cup mountain biking. Ilkley, Otley and Clifton cycle clubs are among the oldest in the country. Their members join thousands of other enthusiasts to take part in the hundreds of organised sportives and mass participation cycling events across the county each year.

The drive and passion for cycling in Yorkshire has a long history. Participation is above the national average across our region and York has been named in the top three best cycling cities in the country.

This is a great base from which to start but there is still a lot do. All Councils and Cycle Yorkshire partners are committed to building Yorkshire's cycling reputation even further.

 

To find out more about Cycle Yorkshire's plan's and strategy click the link below.

Cycle Yorkshire

Click to expandLeeds CyclePoint

​Led by Abello with involvment from Network Rail, Leeds CyclePoint is located at Leeds City Station and offers secure, fully staffed storage for over 300 bicycles.

CyclePoint also offers maintenance and repairs services on a 'bring in the morning, take in the evening' basis, as well as bike and accessory sales, a bicycle rental scheme and cycling information and demonstrations.

For more information on CyclePoint click the link below.​

Leeds Cycle Point

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