Community Active Travel Hubs

Grants of up to £50,000 available to support organisations across West Yorkshire to become a Community Active Travel Hub.

The grant application process

We are offering grants of up to £50,000 to support organisations across West Yorkshire to become places for people in the community to access activities and support to help them make more journeys on foot and by bike. 

The Community Active Travel Hubs will be welcoming “one-stop-shops” that cater for people’s walking, cycling, scooting and wheeling (using a wheelchair or mobility aid) needs.   

This funding is open to social enterprises, registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, and private limited companies registered in the UK.

A track record of delivering active travel engagement work is not essential, but a commitment to developing one is.

We would welcome applications from two or more organisations working collaboratively, and this may include a local authority.

The deadline for grant applications is midnight on Friday 15 July 2022.

“Meet the funder” events

Applicants can find out more information about the grant funding criteria and application process at a series of “Meet the funder” sessions, starting with a webinar on Wednesday 8 June, 10.30am-11.30am.

Register for the event. 

Following on from the virtual event, we are offering a face-to-face drop-in session in each local authority area.  This is an opportunity to bring your ideas, questions and comments, and discuss these with a member of the project team to help you shape your funding application.

Halifax, Monday 13 June, 10am – 2pm.  Register for this event.

Bradford, Tuesday 14 June, 10am – 2pm.  Register for this event.

Leeds, Wednesday 15 June, 10am – 2pm.  Register for this event.

Wakefield, Thursday 16 June, 10am – 2pm.  Register for this event.

Dewsbury, Friday 17 June, 10am – 2pm.  Register for this event.

Developing a network of Community Active Travel Hubs

We want West Yorkshire to be a place where people choose to walk, cycle, scoot and wheel shorter journeys to work, education or the shops, and as part of a longer journey by public transport.

As part of this work, we want to develop a network of Community Active Travel Hubs, which will build on the work already underway to help people change the way they travel.

These community-based hubs will also be places people can access support to walk, wheel, and cycle for exercise and leisure, recognising that this is likely to be a starting point for many. 

As places for everyone, the hubs will be an inclusive, welcoming space for people who want to be more active and make new friends. 

People will be able to access advice and support about cycling, walking and wheeling in the local authority area in which they are based, including route information and signposting to group activities, such as led walks and rides, bike maintenance sessions and cycle training.

There will also be secure bike parking and access to equipment, including adaptive bikes.

Our existing community hubs

In 2019 The Compton Centre, Harehills, Seacroft’s Community Hub at Deacon House, Seacroft South One Stop Centre and Halton Library received 14 new bikes, 10 new bike lockers, plus spare parts and advanced bike maintenance training for a member of staff to service the fleet.

All four community hubs are located near to our segregated cycling and walking route between Seacroft and Leeds city centre – the eastern section of our award-winning Bradford Leeds Cycle Superhighway.

Find out more information about this initiative.

Why now?

From connecting people with the places they need to go, to tackling congestion and improving both the environment and our health, making walking, cycling and public transport our first choice benefits us all.

Enabling more people to walk and cycle has a vital role to play in helping us tackle the climate emergency - we need to increase cycling trips by 2000% and walking trips by 78% if we are to achieve our aim of becoming a net-zero carbon economy by 2038. 

A network of Community Active Travel Hubs will help us do this.