Everyone in Yorkshire will have access to a bicycle by 2023.
That is the ambitious aim of Cycle Yorkshire, the Tour de France’s flagship legacy campaign which is backed by all 21 Yorkshire local authorities, tourism firm Welcome to Yorkshire, cycling charities CTC and Sustrans as well as partners including British Cycling.
Led by City of York Council, the project which is a first nationally is already bearing fruit and launched its Tour de France educational packs for school at Kettlethorpe High, in Wakefield, in December.
Regional director of the scheme Graham Titchener, who previously headed up the successful i-Travel York sustainable transport initiative, claims more Sportif cycle rides and cycling safety measures are already springing up but added that the bulk of work will come post-Tour de France.
He said: “More Sky Rides and Breeze networks and more velodromes and cycle tracks are examples of things we would like to see happen in time - hence the 10-year strategy. What we do promise is a unique thing nationally where the whole region has come together with one aim - to get people cycling.”
But in spite of the ambition, there is no funding outside of existing local authority cash singled out for Cycle Yorkshire. Instead it is hoped private sector sponsorship could help yield widespread cycling change. We want to develop at least a perception and the aim is to become more of an Amsterdam of the world.”
l For information visit www.cycle.yorkshire.com.