A transport chief got back in the saddle to help celebrate the green light for a new Leeds-Bradford cycleway.
Coun James Lewis, chairman of West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro, decided to brush up on his bike-riding skills after the £30m scheme was given the go-ahead at the start of this week.
And he wasted no time in signing up for one of the regular training sessions that Metro’s go:cycling team provide to help new or returning riders.
Coun Lewis said: “Like many people I have had a long-held resolve that I should get out and start cycling but it hasn’t quite happened.
“The go:cycling project was set up to encourage people like me to use bikes more for work and leisure purposes so I signed up for some training to give me a kickstart.”
Ginny Leonard, from go:cycling, said: “Much of what we do with the kind of training that Coun Lewis had is to give people the technical riding skills and the specific road skills they need to be a cyclist.
“By giving people confidence on their bikes, we make the cycling experience a safe and enjoyable one which they will be more likely to keep on with.”
As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Department for Transport has agreed to make £18m of funding available for the Leeds-Bradford cycleway.
A further £11.2m for the scheme will come from Metro as well as Leeds and Bradford councils.
The segregated 14-mile route will run from east Leeds right over to the western edge of the city before continuing into the centre of Bradford. It is hoped the cycleway will be up-and-running as early as March 2015.
Civic leaders say the project will help Yorkshire’s efforts to capitalise on its role staging the opening of next year’s Tour de France cycle race.
* Metro co-ordinates go:cycling in partnership with West Yorkshire’s councils and cycling charity CTC.