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Yorkshire’s cycleways given a yellow Tour de France makeover

Mileposts on the Spen Valley Greenway, in Heckmondwike, are painted yellow for the Tour de France by Rob Blackshaw (left) and Stephen Broadbery. Picture by Simon Hulme

Mileposts on the Spen Valley Greenway, in Heckmondwike, are painted yellow for the Tour de France by Rob Blackshaw (left) and Stephen Broadbery. Picture by Simon Hulme

Cycle paths across Yorkshire are being given a yellow glow by Tour de France-mad volunteers.

Supporters of sustainable transport charity Sustrans, which maintains around 15,000 miles of UK cycleways, have decided to paint dozens of its Y-shaped route milepost markers yellow as the excitement builds ahead of Le Tour’s visit to Yorkshire on July 5 and 6.

Volunteers dusted off their decorating skills to colour the marker at Station Bridge, in Heckmondwike, yesterday, which is part of the Spen Valley Greenway route of the National Cycle Network.

The group was inspired by members of the Leeds volunteer group who painted a milepost at Apperley Bridge yellow around a fortnight ago, and the vibrant campaign looks set to spread across the county.

Their colourful crusade comes as the YEP encourages readers to send in their pictures and stories of them embracing the yellow theme of the Tour de France through our multimedia #yellowyorkshire campaign.

Dave Stevens, volunteer coordinator for Yorkshire, said: “All of the routes where these mileposts are situated are really popular with families and beginners so it’s a really nice way to mark that connection between the best riders in the world and those kids on their stabilisers. It’s a nice way to showcase that in delivering the legacy of the Grand Depart.”

There are 1,000 Y-shaped cast iron mileposts dotted around the National Cycle Network, which has been set up, overseen and developed by Sustrans since 1995.

Volunteer ranger Ben Manuja came up with the painting idea having been inspired by the gold postboxes that marked medallists from the 2012 Olympics.

Sustrans Leeds volunteers painted the milepost on the canal towpath near Apperley Bridge in late March. Group coordinator Les Webb said: “Our sunny milepost will remind walkers and cyclists on this bit of the National Cycle Network that the big race is starting in Leeds because this is a great place to be.”

We’re encouraging businesses, schools and residents to get involved in #yellowyorkshire, whether it be through a colourful Tour-themed bake off, by sending in pictures of their yellow gardens or even dressing up in a bright yellow outfit and telling us about it. Visit www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/tdf.

Our campaign will culminate in our Wear it Yellow Day on July 3, where we ask organisations to sign up and individuals who wear yellow on the day to donate £1 to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

To pledge your support email jonathan.brown@ypn.co.uk.

 

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