2019 marks five years since our work began. During that time we’ve overseen £60 million of investment in cycling and walking schemes across our region, but we know there's more work to be done.
Enabling more people to travel by bike or on foot has a key role to play in helping meet the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s priorities around climate change and inclusive growth.
This is why we’re currently developing a package of works to access up to £14.8 million funding through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal - a £1 billion package of Government investment through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.
This is just the beginning - we’re in a climate change emergency and it’s absolutely vital that we see the investment needed to build on this success. Two-thirds of journeys made by West Yorkshire residents are under five miles and Public Health England estimates of 1 in 20 deaths in our region are attributable to air pollution – the case for making more of our journeys by bike and on foot has never been stronger.Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority's Transport Committee