Leeds cycling scheme is celebrated

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A partnership which has seen more than 35,000 Leeds people get on their bikes has been celebrated.

British Cycling and Sky marked another successful year of cycling in partnership with Leeds City Council, with the presentation of an infographic highlighting key achievements.

The initiative to get more people out on their bikes and discovering the city began four years ago.

Tom Mutton, British Cycling recreation manager for Leeds, celebrated the venture by presenting the graphic to Coun James Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member with responsibility for sport.

Mr Mutton said: “The last four years have proven to be a great time to be inspired by cycling and we’ve really enjoyed working with Leeds City Council to get more people on more bikes than ever before.”

Coun Lewis said: “It has been fantastic to work in partnership with British Cycling over the last four years, making cycling accessible for everyone with events like Sky Ride and Sky Ride Local. This partnership has helped us to move forward with our future cycling strategy and will continue to provide opportunities for people to get on their bikes and enjoy the sport.”

In the last seven years of British Cycling’s partnership with Sky, more than one million people now cycle once a month in Britain.

The partnership with Leeds City Council has helped contribute to this figure and there are still hundreds of opportunities to get out more on your bike in Leeds. These range from Sky Ride Local and Breeze women’s-only guided bike rides to Ride Social, the biggest ever online community to meet like-minded cyclists and create your own rides.

Visit www.goskyride.com/Leeds to find out more about bike riding opportunities.

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