Free bike maintenance sessions in Leeds this February

Sign up to bite size bike maintenance sessions at Kirkstall Forge, just off the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

[caption id="attachment_3561" align="alignnone" width="450"] The Leeds & Liverpool Canal[/caption]

Free bike maintenance sessions are being held in Leeds this month (February), as part of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s £60m CityConnect programme aimed at encouraging more people to cycle and walk.

The sessions will take place at Kirkstall Forge, Number One, Great Exhibition Way, Leeds LS5 3BF, on Wednesday 13 and Tuesday 19 February.

Kirkstall Forge is easily accessed by bike, being located just off the Leeds & Liverpool Canal towpath, which was resurfaced between Kirkstall and Shipley as part of the CityConnect programme in spring 2016.

Bite size training covering different elements will take place on each day with people being able to book onto one or more of the following sessions as suits: punctures, 8am-9.30am and 4pm-6pm; brakes, 9.30am-11am; and gears, 12pm-1.30pm.

Attendees will learn how to mend a puncture, adjust and replace brake blocks and cables, and adjust gears.

Bikes and equipment are provided. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Cllr Groves, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: “To date, more than 1,200 people have benefitted from our cycle training. Whether you cycle every day or whether you haven't been on a bike in years, our free maintenance sessions will give you the skills to carry out basic checks and repairs, as well as the confidence to tackle roadside issues, such as fixing a puncture.

“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 across West Yorkshire.”

[caption id="attachment_3562" align="alignnone" width="400"] Staff at Kirkstall Forge[/caption]

Emma Clarkson is Placemaking Manager at Kirkstall Forge, which is one of CityConnect’s Gold Bike Friendly Businesses in recognition of its efforts to encourage more people to cycle.

She said: “Cycling is an integral aspect of daily life at Kirkstall Forge. Our dedicated cycle spa offers secure parking along with showers and lockers and a fully equipped maintenance stand for repairs helping those who want to sustainably commute to work. For our Kirkstall Life community at Number One, and our future residents, we offer cycle hire along with Dr Bike sessions and various events throughout the year. We’re very proud of securing the Gold Standard Bike Friendly Business and Walk Friendly Workplace accreditations.”

Find out more information about the bike maintenance sessions and book a place.

Through the CityConnect programme and in partnership with others, the Combined Authority is not only building new cycling and walking routes and improving existing infrastructure, it also offers a range of free services, including free adult cycle training, online cycle challenges and support for businesses. Find out how CityConnect can help you Make Your Move to cycling.