The positive link between cycle instructors, public health, transport and air quality

Over the last couple of months CityConnect funded three National Standard Instructor courses which taught West Yorkshire locals everything they need to know to provide high quality cycle training to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. These instructors are now qualified to deliver cycling courses to the public, through schemes like BikeAbility, National Standard Cycle Training and CityConnect’s Cycle4Health courses, run with national cycling charity CyclingUK.

In recent years, experts, academics and professionals have recognised the necessary link between transport and public health. National conferences such as the Sustainable Transport and Health conference 2017 focused on these issues and reported active travel as a vital behaviour change for the improvement in health for our nation and environment.

In order to change this behaviour, CityConnect needs people to go out, meet the public and deliver the activities that will get more people cycling more often, which is why we’re investing in local people to deliver these sessions. The newly trained instructors won’t work exclusively for us – many are now working with cycling charities such as Cycling UK, or for companies delivering BikeAbility such as Cycling UK – or even working in schools through the district councils across West Yorkshire.

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

“This new pool of cycling instructors for West Yorkshire will not only influence local people to improve their health and contribute towards making our environment clean air zones, it will also provide opportunity for people to access training and employment, adding a great economic benefit to our region.”

Over the summer, CityConnect will deliver cycle training to hundreds of people across West Yorkshire through schemes such as Cycle4Health and others, which means the support from these newly trained cycle instructors is invaluable. If you are interested in benefiting from free cycle training please visit www.cyclecityconnect.co.uk for more information.

CityConnect would also like to encourage businesses to fund cycle training within the work place, to give employees the opportunity to realise the benefits of commuting to work by bike. If you would like advice or more info on how this could improve your workforce then get in touch at cityconnect@westyorks-ca.gov.uk