YEP Says: We are thrilled Leeds cyclists have reached 1m miles

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IT SHOULD be of no surprise that Leeds and its environs are a little cycle crazy considering the success of events such as the Grand Depart and Tour de Yorkshire.

They have made two-wheeled travel more popular than ever and persuaded families and individuals to take it up as a hobby.

But we are surprised, not to say delighted, that people in Leeds are among those who have cycled more than a million miles thanks to a national cycling scheme.

Love to Ride was adopted by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and since 2016 almost 2,000 people in the county have taken part in almost 100,000 rides.

Now, WYCA’s CityConnect project and Love to Ride are encouraging businesses to host ‘Get Set’ cycling events over the summer to get their employees ready for the Cycle September event.

This is fantastic.

Not only does cycling take traffic of the road but it also gets people fit.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, chair of WYCA’s Transport Committee, said: “It’s amazing that local people have cycled one million miles already thanks to our partnership with Love to Ride.

“Through this new series of events I hope they will get on their bikes and cycle one million more.”

We couldn’t agree more.