Best Cycle September yet for West Yorkshire

People across the region helped bring West Yorkshire to victory last month by switching to two wheels for Cycle September – a cycling challenge run through West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme aimed at encouraging more people to cycle and walk.

More than 1,800 people from 176 organisations across West Yorkshire cycled nearly 270,000 miles during Cycle September. Participants saved almost 63,000 lbs of CO2.

Last year, nearly 1,500 people across West Yorkshire cycled almost 206,000 miles, making this year’s event the best yet.

The Combined Authority joined forces with Cycle September organisers Love to Ride for the UK-wide event aimed at getting more people to discover the benefits of cycling by taking part in a fun and friendly cycle challenge.

Every member of staff at Cleckheaton Fire Station, which has been accessing free expert advice through CityConnect’s Bike Friendly Business scheme, took part in Cycle September.

Damian Cameron, Watch Commander at Cleckheaton Fire Station, said: “Cycling is a popular activity at the station for both commuting and socialising.

“Our firefighters find that cycling is a great way to keep fit and healthy, which is not only an important part of the job, it also benefits our staff on a personal level as well as bringing wider organisational benefits.

“Through CityConnect’s Bike Friendly Business scheme we are getting three pool bikes, which will allow more of our staff to try cycling to work or for fun before buying a bike of their own.”

Councillor Kim Groves, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, said: “Well done to everyone who took part in Cycle September – this year 10% of all UK participants were in West Yorkshire, which is testament to our region’s appetite for cycling.

“We know encouraging more of us to travel by bike or on foot not only boosts people’s health and saves individuals money, it also brings wider environmental and economic benefits, which is why we want to make cycling and walking a natural choice for short, everyday journeys.

“Whether you cycle every day or whether you haven't been on a bike in years, if you’re cycling for transport or for fun, whatever time and wherever you’re going, our online cycle challenges help provide that extra bit of motivation, especially at this time of year."

CityConnect runs online cycle challenges throughout the year in partnership with Love to Ride.

Registering on the Love to Ride website allows participants to log miles, set goals and earn badges for cycling to work for a week, riding 100 miles or encouraging a friend or colleague to take part, with friendly competitions taking place between individuals and workplaces.

Love to Ride can be easily connected to many popular cycling apps such as Strava and Ride Report, which will then automatically record the miles cycled on Love to Ride and enter riders into prize draws. Register for Love to Ride.

From route information to free adult cycle training, cycle challenges and support for businesses, find out how CityConnect can help you.