Mayor announces £640,000 funding to boost cycling and walking across West Yorkshire

Thirteen organisations receive up to £50,000 to become a community walking and cycling hub

24 November 2022

Thirteen organisations across the region are to receive a total of more than £640,000 to support more people in their communities to walk and cycle, thanks to funding from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. 

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, announced the funding recipients at a community celebration event earlier today (Thursday 24 November).

Each group will receive up to £50,000 to become a community walking and cycling hub.

These hubs will be “one-stop-shops” for people to access everything they need to walk and cycle, including advice and support on routes, equipment, training and group activities.


Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said:

“Making it easier to walk and cycle is part of the solution to so many challenges we face - from saving people money, tackling congestion and the climate challenge, to improving our health and wellbeing.

“I’m delighted to support these important organisations to take their services to the next level so that more people can reap the benefits of walking and cycling.”

Experience Community is a not-for-profit organisation that helps disabled people access cycling.  It will receive grant funding to start a new mobile hub, as well as developing its base in Leeds.

Their work will mean people across West Yorkshire will have better access to specialist equipment and expert advice.


Craig Grimes, Managing Director of Experience Community CIC, said:

“Accessing public transport and active travel options for disabled people can be difficult, which means that many people opt to use their own private vehicles instead.

“This funding will enable us to provide short-term home loans of equipment so that people can decide which equipment is most useful for them in their day to day lives.

"Combining these services with ways of providing 0% interest financing and a long-term hire scheme will ensure that more of this equipment is affordable for more people, making West Yorkshire a more inclusive place to live and work for all."

Since 2017, the Combined Authority has awarded more than £500,000 to organisations across West Yorkshire to deliver grassroots initiatives aimed at helping people overcome barriers to walking and cycling.


Paula Appleton, Director of Evergreen Active, said:

“Our organisation received Combined Authority funding in 2021 which enabled us to create new walking groups in the Ossett & Horbury areas of Wakefield.

“We held 54 separate sessions – at three different times & locations and reached 44 individuals. Overall, we had over 300 people attending which was great.

“Several of the people that joined via the funding have now formed such close new friendships that they now attend a local quiz night, afternoon teas and even race meets together.”

Organisations will be invited to bid for further community grant funding in early 2023.

* Community Active Travel Hubs – organisations and funding




Local authority area

Bradford Capital of Cycling



Bradford Trident



Climate Action Ilkley



Margaret Carey Foundation



Colne Valley Cycle Therapy



Experience Community – Leeds-based hub



Experience Community - mobile hub


West Yorkshire-wide

Leeds Urban Bike Park



LS14 Trust



LS Ten



New Wortley Community Centre



Otley Town Council



The Conservation Volunteers



Altofts Community Sports Foundation



Total - £642,692

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