Celebration cycle and pedal-powered cinema as 2019 UCI Road World Championships come to Bradford

People are being invited to a free community celebration cycle and pedal-powered cinema on the eve the 2019 UCI Road World Championships Women Elite Road Race comes to Bradford.

At 5pm on Friday 27 September there will be a led ride from Bradford Capital of Cycling along the city’s new £3.1m Canal Road Cycleway to Saltaire Brewery for the pedal-powered cinema. 

The team behind the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme aimed at encouraging more people to travel by bike or on foot has joined forces with Bradford Capital of Cycling for the event, which will celebrate the community’s contribution to grassroots cycling.

People are invited to come along to the Brewery Tap on Dockfield Road, from 6pm, with the film being shown from 7.30pm onwards.

Saltaire Brewery’s bike parking was funded through CityConnect’s Bike Friendly Business scheme, which provides tailored advice and support, as well as grants of up to £5,000, to help organisations be more cycle friendly.

Audience members are being asked to select their film of choice by placing a vote on the Facebook event page prior to the event and they will also be encouraged to take it in turns to use their pedal power to keep the film running.

Providing a missing link in cycling infrastructure between Shipley and Bradford, the Canal Road Cycleway was built as part of the Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme.

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, said: “It’s wonderful to see our region, which has become so synonymous with cycling, for good reason, being put on the map again thanks to another world class sporting event. 

“Cycling is not just for the professionals though and we know our challenge lies in translating the momentum around these large scale events into change on the ground. 

“Through our CityConnect programme, our Combined Authority is working in partnership to create an environment conducive to everyday cycling for everyone, regardless of ability or circumstances.  This is the true legacy of the Tour de France, the Tour de Yorkshire and now the UCIs - a legacy we, alongside our partners, are delivering for future generations.”

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “We are incredibly proud that Bradford has been chosen for the start of the Women Elite Road Race of the UCI Road World Championships. Cycling in the district has become really popular since the Tour de France came in 2014 followed by the Tour de Yorkshire. There are some great events being organised to celebrate this prestigious cycling event coming to the district and this sounds like lots of fun.”

For more information about the UCI’s community celebration cycle and pedal-powered cinema or to cast a vote on film choice from ET, Star Wars and Ice Age visit Bradford Capital of Cycling’s Facebook event page.

The 2.3km Canal Road Cycleway runs along Hillam Road, Bolton Lane and Valley Road, ending at Lower Kirkgate, near Bradford Forster Square. 

To the north the cycleway links to the existing Canal Road Greenway, which is also part of Sustrans’s National Cycle Network (66), and continues on to Shipley. 

The route south ends close to the start of the award-winning Bradford Leeds Cycle Superhighway, which heads out of the city centre, enabling people to travel by bike on a series of routes segregated from traffic.

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