Breaking down barriers

2019 marks five years since our work began. During that time we’ve overseen £60 million of investment in cycling and walking schemes across our region. Here’s the journey so far.

Alongside our ambitious programme of infrastructure, we’ve delivered a series of initiatives aimed at breaking down barriers to participation.  

From learning to ride to cycling in traffic and tackling busy junctions, we’ve helped boost people’s skills and confidence on two wheels through our free adult cycle training.


We’ve helped hundreds of organisations across our region become more cycling and walking friendly, through our Bike Friendly Business and Walk Friendly Workplace schemes.    

We’re working with schools across the region to help them become more bike friendly and equip our commuters of the future with the skills they need to travel in a way that benefits their health and the environment.  


Working with organisations already at the heart of our communities has a vital role to play in our ambition to increase the numbers of people travelling by bike and on foot. 

People across West Yorkshire have been prescribed cycling for their physical and mental health as part of our pioneering referral scheme with Cycling UK.

Whether it’s people cycling every day or those who havent been on a bike in years, if they’re cycling for transport or for fun, whatever time and wherever they’re going, our online cycle challenges are providing thousands of people across West Yorkshire with that extra bit of motivation. 

We have a great story to tell as a key cog in the wheel contributing to Yorkshire’s incredible and growing reputation as the home of cycling. There are so many individuals and organisations across our region, many we work in partnership with, doing amazing work to help make travelling by bike or on foot the natural choice for everyday journeys.

Cllr Kim Groves Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority's Transport Committee