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Bike-friendly grants for four Bradford & Leeds businesses

Four businesses located close to the Bradford - Leeds Cycle Superhighway have all been awarded CityConnect grants to help them become more bike friendly.

The successful companies, Jacobs Consultancy in Leeds, Shipley Wellness Centre, Pudsey’s The Oak Church and Thorpe Park will be using the funding to improve the facilities for staff who cycle to work.

Jacobs Consultancy carried out a survey of its staff, which revealed that better facilities would encourage them to ride to work more often. As a result the company is using its CityConnect grant to install a dehumidifier for its drying room, upgraded cycle racks, a repair stand with tools and cycle training for staff.

Exercise activities

Located on the Aire Valley towpath, Shipley Wellness Centre runs regular exercise activities. They will be using the CityConnect to hosting a mountain bike trail leader course for their staff, which will enable the organisation to grow by offering cycling activities. The organisation will also be equipping itself with a bike maintenance tool kit for staff and visitors to use.

Pudsey’s Oak Church is directly on the Cycle Superhighway but currently has no cycle parking. The CityConnect grant will help the construction of a new cycle parking shelter to help encourage people visiting the Church to do so by bike.

Thorpe Park, which is at the eastern end of the Cycle Superhighway, will be using the CityConnect grant to provide a communal bike fix-it stand, plus cycle maintenance sessions for staff. This will complement Thorpe Park’s existing offer of cycling engagement activities as they seek to increase the number of people traveling to site by bike to 5%.

Ground-breaking
 

West Yorkshire Combined Authority Managing Director Ben Still said:“I am delighted to see businesses along the ground-breaking Cycle Superhighway benefiting from these awards and using the funding to improve cycling facilities for their employees, clients and customers.

“These are tangible measures that will encourage more people to use their bikes, which with over 100,000 users already, the Cycle Superhighway is clearly doing.

“By recognising innovative businesses through these awards and helping organisations become more bike-friendly through expert advice, training and support, I’m pleased to see the Combined Authority’s City Connect team helping to improve people’s health directly through exercise as well as a better local environment resulting from lower levels of congestion.”

Culture change

Chris Mason from The Oak Church said: “The whole project will be completed in the spring to allow its use this summer and hopefully begin a culture change that will transform how people arrive at the building for years to come.”

CityConnect’s Business Grants scheme acknowledges organisations’ efforts in creating workplaces that not only tolerate people on bikes, but actively welcome them through a mix of great facilities and pro-cycling policies. There was an overwhelming response from businesses wanting to take a proactive role in offering their staff the means to travel sustainably.

CityConnect’s cycling development officers has engaged with 30 organisations and six of those organisations have been awarded a Bike Friendly Business accreditation. These are:

  • Bradford Trident – Silver
  • Leeds Beckett University – Silver
  • University of Leeds – Silver
  • British Gas – Bronze
  • Shipley Wellness Centre – Bronze
  • Thorpe Park – Bronze

Part of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, CityConnect promotes safe and efficient cycling, including the use of lanes segregated from general traffic. Working with a panel of independent experts CityConnect oversaw the development of the 14.5km Cycle Superhighway connecting Bradford and Leeds, on which over 100,000 trips have been made safely since it opened in June 2016.

The majority of the funding for CityConnect has come from the Department for Transport and West Yorkshire Combined Authority to invest in improving cycling and walking infrastructure.

 Find out more about Cycle City Connect (opens in new tab).

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