A GUIDED bike ride on June 2 will herald the launch of a new cycling initiative in West Yorkshire.
The go:cycling West Yorkshire is a project being run by Metro and the five district councils of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.
Over the next three years they will be promoting cycling, offering free adult cycle training and helping fix people’s bikes in a bid to make it easy for people to get back on their bikes.
Clr David Sheard, Kirklees Cabinet member for Streetscene, said: “Cycling is a great way of getting from A to B whilst keeping fit, and cycling helps to reduce congestion.
“I hope that go:cycling achieves its aims in helping to make this mode of transport more attractive as well as enabling cyclists to have some fun and meet at the events, and to enable new and would-be cyclists to access training and advice.”
Over the coming months a wide range of cycling activities will be available across West Yorkshire, including group rides, cycle training, bike breakfasts and bike maintenance sessions.
The go:cycling project is West Yorkshire wide and is being funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
To join the guided ride on June 2, meet the Kirklees cycling officer and others at Dewsbury Railway Station at 11am. The ride will go into the town centre to the square in front of Dewsbury Town Hall before passing Dewsbury Sports Centre and go along Sands Lane to join the start of the Dewsbury to Ossett Greenway. It will take between one and two hours depending on the weather and number of participants. It will be mainly traffic-free but some road sections will be unavoidable.
Children under 16 are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult.
Participants should bring a roadworthy bicycle, cycle helmet and appropriate clothing.
Contact the Kirklees Cycling Officer Lynnette Evans or her colleagues on 01484 225635, by Monday, May 28, to indicate where they intend to join the ride.