New route to Garforth open for cyclists

A family bike ride is being held on 22 September to celebrate the opening of a new section of the Leeds core cycle network.

Cyclists are invited to explore east Leeds using the new cycle route which passes through Richmond Hill, Halton, Temple Newsam, Whitkirk and Colton on the way to Garforth.

This free event, supported by the Go:cycling partnership and delivered through Leeds City Council and Metro aims to promote healthy living, reduce traffic congestion, and provide a fun and safe way to get around the area.

Go:cycling is part of a three year strategy to encourage adults to get back on their bikes by providing free one-to-one adult cycle training and cycle rides.

Access to the training can be gained through local workplaces, groups and individuals by visiting www.wygocycling.com.

The 10 mile circular ride will start at 10.30am from the Temple Newsam House car park. Those participating will receive refreshments and a commemorative tee shirt for taking part. To join in please register via email to Travelwise@leeds.gov.uk or call Mark on 0113 3951470.

The cycle route links Barrowby Lane in Garforth to Leeds city centre and gives communities the opportunity to cycle into work providing access to Cross Green and Thorpe Park. There is also access to Temple Newsam and links into the Wyke Beck Way cycle path providing a direct route to Roundhay Park to the north.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member for development and the economy, said:
“I am pleased to announce the opening of this new strategic cycle route linking Garforth to Leeds City Centre. The route forms part of our expanding core cycle network enabling people to move around the city, and out to the surrounding countryside, without having to cycle along the main traffic routes.

“The Team GB cycling team had huge success at the Olympics and I hope this provides a great incentive for people to get back on their bikes. The help, advice and training provided by the Go:cycling project is just what is needed to help people gain the confidence to cycle more.”

Notes to editors:
• Go:Cycling is a Government funded Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) project which will run to 2015
• The Garforth Core Cycle route is the fifth core cycle route to be opened in recent years, three others are routes go from the city centre to Middleton, West Park, and Alwoodley. Another – The Wyke Beck Way goes between Roundhay Park and Temple Newsam .
• More information on the Go:cycling project is available at www.wygocycling.com
• Dr Bike services are being provided by Leeds bike shop – Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative

For media enquiries, please contact;
Anna Evans, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: anna.evans@leeds.gov.uk