Why more Yorkshire commuters are switching to the cycle lane

An interesting read below about commuting in Leeds - written by Leeds City Magazine

cycling in leeds

● Commuters who drive to work in Leeds spend on average £1,932.37 each year
● Driving to work in Leeds contributes on average 1204.61 kg CO2e each year
● Commuters who take public transport to work in Leeds spend on average £1,117 each year
● Insight from CityConnect on the future of cycling infrastructure in Leeds

Leading cycle retailer and manufacturer Ribble Cycles, has undertaken independent research into the cost of commuting to work in Leeds.

The research found that in Leeds the petrol and parking expenses for driving into work is costing commuters an average of £1,932.37 per year, exceeding the UK average by £298.35.

Figures obtained by Ribble Cycles from Just Park, Europe's leading provider of pre-bookable parking, revealed that in Leeds the average cost of parking at work is a staggering £1,409.40 each year, which is £370.98 more than the estimated UK average.

This is in addition to the average £523.37 per year a commuter can expect to pay on petrol in Leeds according to the Department of Energy.

The study revealed that the cost of commuting by car goes beyond affecting our own pockets - with the average Leeds commuter responsible for 1,204.61 kgCO2e in carbon dioxide emissions each year by driving into work.

The annual cost of public transport can be just as expensive, costing on average £1,117 for commuters in Leeds.

Matthew Lawson, Chief Marketing Officer, at Ribble Cycles said: "The cost of commuting to work each day in Leeds is expensive, and with petrol and rail fare prices increasing, it is set to get worse. Many commuters feel this is an unavoidable cost, but it needn't be if they opt to cycle to work instead.

“There are many companies in Leeds that offer great cycle to work schemes, which let you pay for the bike in small installments each month, making owning a bike much more affordable. Also, the introduction of new cycling lanes and the Superhighway will hopefully encourage more people to hop on their bike in the morning.”

CityConnect, a government funded project that is looking to curb the level of CO2 and improve local air quality in Leeds and Bradford by introducing new cycling lanes and superhighways to the region; commented with their plans.

Ginny Leonard, CityConnect Programme Communications and Engagement Manager, said: “By encouraging more people to switch to cycling, we will be giving Leeds and Bradford the best opportunity to become less polluted, have a healthier population, create a safer urban environment and improve the potential for economic growth through access to employment and training.

“Our signature project is the Cycle Superhighway, the only one of its kind outside of London. It consists of 23km segregated cycle route linking Leeds and Bradford together. It will run through some of the most deprived areas of Leeds, this project is striving to improve the travel horizons of some of these areas.

“The successful delivery of CityConnect Cycle Superhighway scheme will result in an additional 9,000 daily trips made by bike, along the Leeds Bradford corridor, by 2020. Furthermore, it will meet West Yorkshire’s Local Transport Plan of tripling cycle use across West Yorkshire by 2019, seven years sooner than anticipated, and reaching 7.5% cycle use by 2026. This represents 12% of journeys being made by bike in the target geographical area- an 800% increase.”

With the popularity of the Tour de Yorkshire, and 11,914 cycling club members within the county, it is clear the people of Yorkshire are passionate about cycling, and it is fitting that such progressive cycling infrastructure is being built in Leeds.

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