Streetbikes, J Tomlinson and Brian Robinson Connecting Communities with Leeds Cycle Superhighway

On Sunday April 2, Streetbikes CiC is hosting a mixed ability cycling tour of up to 30 cyclists from Bradford along the Cycle Superhighway into Leeds.

Among the participant of the tour, which is supported by CityConnect and sponsored by construction services company J Tomlinson, will be Tmara who is a visually impaired tandem cyclist. Karen, who is recovering from severe head injuries will also be taking part on a tandem, along with other members of the public who wish to maintain healthy minds and bodies by continuing their bike-riding experiences.

And, UK cycling legend Brian Robinson, the former road racer who was the first Briton to finish the Tour de France and win a Tour stage will be making a guest appearance.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Chair said:

“I’m delighted that the Cycle Superhighway is being used for this inclusive, mixed ability cycling tour.

Built with all types of users in mind, the Cycle Superhighway represents some of the best walking and cycling infrastructure in the country. It provides a safe and secure route and pleasant riding environment for those who don’t have the experience or confidence to ride on the roads, but still want to enjoy the benefits of cycling in their everyday lives.

“I hope everyone feels as inspired by those like Tmara and Karen taking part in Sunday’s ride, who believe that cycling really is for all, no matter what your level of ability.”

Gill Greaves, Founder of Streetbikes CiC and organiser of the event said:

“Some of the riders taking part have overcome severe physical and mental barriers and it’s been with great personal determination and hard work alongside support from the 42 volunteers we have at Streetbikes CIC that has prepared them to participate in the ride.”

“Having such a respected and influential cyclist such as Brian Robinson showing his support will only motivate the group more. It’s going to be a great experience for them to be involved in a cycling event alongside such a celebrated cyclist whilst on some of the most ground breaking cycling infrastructure we have in this country.“

Lottery funded charity, Streetbikes delivers mixed ability cycling sessions for able bodied and disabled people and has set up community cycling clubs where individuals can access recycled bikes. Over the last seven years Streetbikes has recycled 7,200 bikes and donated them back into the community to be used by low income families. They have achieved this by running regular community bike fixes and offering bike mechanic qualifications for people of all abilities.

Nottingham-based construction services company J Tomlinson sponsored the building of a bike maintenance classroom in Milnesbridge, Huddersfield. This enables Streetbikes to work effectively with local schools and community groups, teaching children, NEETs, and adults how to maintain and recycle bikes. Tomlinson continues to support the charity by collecting unwanted bikes from its work force and donating them to Streetbikes.

Mark Davis, CEO of J Tomlinson said:

“As a company, J Tomlinson are keen to support Streetbikes in the valuable community work that the group does, so we were delighted to sponsor the classroom build and the ride along the Leeds to Bradford Cycle Superhighway.”

Charities like Streetbikes compliment infrastructure projects such as the Cycle Superhighway in giving those who are less experienced, confident or able, access to a bike and the skills they need to use cycle routes connecting them to other communities, employment and training and leisure activities.