Community groups to benefit from £70,000 grant funding to boost cycling and walking

Ten community projects have been awarded nearly £70,000 funding to boost cycling and walking as part of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s £60m CityConnect programme aimed at encouraging more people to travel by bike or on foot.

Not-for-profit organisations were invited to bid for grants of up to £10,000 to deliver grassroots initiatives enabling people living and working in their community to access work, school or training opportunities by cycling or walking.

Across Bradford grants have been awarded to Community Action Bradford and District, BEAP Community Partnership, Margaret Carey Foundation with Bradford Bikery, and Bradford Trident.

In Leeds, LS29 Group and New Wortley Community Club submitted successful bids, while in Kirklees grants have been awarded to Northorpe Hall and Transformers North.

Lightwaves Community Centre in Wakefield and Happy Days UK in Calderdale have also received funding.

Each project focuses on providing local solutions to local barriers with initiatives ranging from pool bikes and bike loans to led cycles and walks, increasing people’s confidence on two wheels, route planning, building employment skills through activities such as bike maintenance and connecting people with employers through job fairs and work clubs.

Carlton Smith, CEO at Bradford Trident, said: “Bradford Trident is delighted to be awarded a CityConnect community grant.

“It will help those in work and training and the most marginalised sections of our community to make sustainable, healthy and environmentally friendly travel choices, while having a positive impact on air quality in our city.”

CityConnect’s community grant scheme is funded through the Department for Transport’s Cycling and Walking to Work Fund.

This is the second round of funding with 12 projects having received a total of more than £100,000 during the first round.

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Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, said: “From tackling physical inactivity and obesity to reducing congestion on our roads and improving air quality - encouraging more people to cycle and walk benefits us all.

“We want our region to be a place where nobody is left behind and everyone benefits from a modern transport network and a strong, successful economy.

“Working with groups already at the heart of our communities to provide tailored support, helping people overcome barriers and access to employment, education and training via a cost-effective, convenient means of transport, is absolutely vital.”

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Find out how CityConnect can help you, your family, business, school and community cycle and walk more.