Booklet launched to promote cycling in York ahead of Tour de France

CYCLING FOR ALL: From left, Nick Settle, Sport Activities Leisure Team at CYC, Sonja Crisp, cyclists Michael Sullivan and Michael Hughes and Hilary Thumpston from Breeze British Cycling Bike Rides For Women help launch the booklet

CYCLING FOR ALL: From left, Nick Settle, Sport Activities Leisure Team at CYC, Sonja Crisp, cyclists Michael Sullivan and Michael Hughes and Hilary Thumpston from Breeze British Cycling Bike Rides For Women help launch the booklet

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A NEW brochure designed to help people get into cycling in York ahead of the city's Tour de France visit this summer has been launched today.

The "York: Experience the Race" booklet sets out a programme of cycling and fitness activities over the coming months, and is part of the city's plans to get more people into cycling after the Grand Depart.

The council's cabinet member for for leisure Cllr Sonja Crisp said: "Part of the Tour de France legacy is to have more people cycling more often and this programme builds on the city’s existing commitment to cycling.

"It outlines some wonderful events and activities for all residents to take part in, including opportunities for novices and nervous cyclists, so that cycling can become an even more important leisure, social and fitness activity in York."

The programme details local family rides and guided cycle rides for novices, older people and those living with a disability or medical condition, as well as the one-day York Sky Ride event in September.

It has a calendar of cycling activities and free events including established and popular events like the annual York Festival of Cycling, the Heart of York charity bike ride and cycling taster events.

It also includes introductions to cycling groups such as the Breeze network and Bike Belles groups for women cyclists, Clifton Cycling Club and the Wednesday Wheelers Cycling Group, and facilities like York Sport Village's closed circuit cycle track and Rawcliffe off road cycle pump track.

York has signed up to, and is the lead partner on, the regional Tour de France Grand Départ Legacy for cycling, Cycle Yorkshire. A 10 year strategy to get more people cycling in Yorkshire includes plans to make choosing cycling easier, planning more cycling events, increasing awareness of cycling and cyclists, and establishing a network of cycling businesses and social enterprises.

Copies of the brochure have been distributed through schools and can be picked up from leisure centres and libraries. Further information and a copy of the brochure to download is available from the council website at www.york.gov.uk.

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3:26pm Wed 30 Apr 14

andy fowler says...

Where's the pedaller when we need to laugh at him?
Where's the pedaller when we need to laugh at him? andy fowler
  • Score: -29

11:09pm Wed 30 Apr 14

PKH says...

On one hand CYC tries to promote cycling on the other hand the rough state of their roads put people off cycling.
On one hand CYC tries to promote cycling on the other hand the rough state of their roads put people off cycling. PKH
  • Score: 1

4:48am Thu 1 May 14

Magicman! says...

Shame the council seems to put its efforts into this instead of what actually matters - better cycling provision. Since this council came into power, thay have made cycling provision in York WORSE than before. Water End, Minster Plazza, Clifton Moor.... the Clifton moor cycle lanes along Stirling Road are dangerous, simple as that, one of them throws cyclists back into the road just before a traffic island where the gap is only just wide enough for a HGV to get through.
This council needs to stop **** around with stupid small fry ideas and get on with putting in cycle lanes of a proper width (1.5m wide minimum) where possible and off-road cycle routes alongside busy main roads such as Wigginton Road and Strensall Road; and also reconfiguring junctions so that where an on-pavement cycle lane crosses a minor road carrying less than 30% of the traffic on the main road, then the cycle lane takes priority over turning traffic. Also, start fining drivers who wait at red traffic lights whilst sitting in the green cycle headstart boxes; put a camera in near Micklegate Bar and fine any car driver that encroaches on the cycle lane there....

Thankfully the Tour de france takes place on closed roads... if it took place on open roads, the cyclists would find themselves unable to get through because of cars parked on cycle lanes and waiting traffic stopped too close to the parked cars, pedestrians ambling all over the Minster Plazza and not looking at all for any bikes coming through despite signage stating hat bicycles use the area, and traffic lights that go to red as the bicycles approach.
Shame the council seems to put its efforts into this instead of what actually matters - better cycling provision. Since this council came into power, thay have made cycling provision in York WORSE than before. Water End, Minster Plazza, Clifton Moor.... the Clifton moor cycle lanes along Stirling Road are dangerous, simple as that, one of them throws cyclists back into the road just before a traffic island where the gap is only just wide enough for a HGV to get through. This council needs to stop **** around with stupid small fry ideas and get on with putting in cycle lanes of a proper width (1.5m wide minimum) where possible and off-road cycle routes alongside busy main roads such as Wigginton Road and Strensall Road; and also reconfiguring junctions so that where an on-pavement cycle lane crosses a minor road carrying less than 30% of the traffic on the main road, then the cycle lane takes priority over turning traffic. Also, start fining drivers who wait at red traffic lights whilst sitting in the green cycle headstart boxes; put a camera in near Micklegate Bar and fine any car driver that encroaches on the cycle lane there.... Thankfully the Tour de france takes place on closed roads... if it took place on open roads, the cyclists would find themselves unable to get through because of cars parked on cycle lanes and waiting traffic stopped too close to the parked cars, pedestrians ambling all over the Minster Plazza and not looking at all for any bikes coming through despite signage stating hat bicycles use the area, and traffic lights that go to red as the bicycles approach. Magicman!
  • Score: -2

8:07am Thu 1 May 14

Johnboy1946 says...

Before any promotion in cycling wouldn't money be better spent in teaching the cyclists in York how to ride a bike properly and safely?
Before any promotion in cycling wouldn't money be better spent in teaching the cyclists in York how to ride a bike properly and safely? Johnboy1946
  • Score: -37

8:57am Thu 1 May 14

Tom6187 says...

Johnboy1946 wrote:
Before any promotion in cycling wouldn't money be better spent in teaching the cyclists in York how to ride a bike properly and safely?
Exactly, and riding in single file should be top of the agenda.
[quote][p][bold]Johnboy1946[/bold] wrote: Before any promotion in cycling wouldn't money be better spent in teaching the cyclists in York how to ride a bike properly and safely?[/p][/quote]Exactly, and riding in single file should be top of the agenda. Tom6187
  • Score: -41

6:37pm Thu 1 May 14

jay, york says...

Magicman! wrote:
Shame the council seems to put its efforts into this instead of what actually matters - better cycling provision. Since this council came into power, thay have made cycling provision in York WORSE than before. Water End, Minster Plazza, Clifton Moor.... the Clifton moor cycle lanes along Stirling Road are dangerous, simple as that, one of them throws cyclists back into the road just before a traffic island where the gap is only just wide enough for a HGV to get through. This council needs to stop **** around with stupid small fry ideas and get on with putting in cycle lanes of a proper width (1.5m wide minimum) where possible and off-road cycle routes alongside busy main roads such as Wigginton Road and Strensall Road; and also reconfiguring junctions so that where an on-pavement cycle lane crosses a minor road carrying less than 30% of the traffic on the main road, then the cycle lane takes priority over turning traffic. Also, start fining drivers who wait at red traffic lights whilst sitting in the green cycle headstart boxes; put a camera in near Micklegate Bar and fine any car driver that encroaches on the cycle lane there.... Thankfully the Tour de france takes place on closed roads... if it took place on open roads, the cyclists would find themselves unable to get through because of cars parked on cycle lanes and waiting traffic stopped too close to the parked cars, pedestrians ambling all over the Minster Plazza and not looking at all for any bikes coming through despite signage stating hat bicycles use the area, and traffic lights that go to red as the bicycles approach.
What is a hat bicycle??? Nothing else you say is worthy of comment - just pure arrogance against anyone who is not on a bike.
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: Shame the council seems to put its efforts into this instead of what actually matters - better cycling provision. Since this council came into power, thay have made cycling provision in York WORSE than before. Water End, Minster Plazza, Clifton Moor.... the Clifton moor cycle lanes along Stirling Road are dangerous, simple as that, one of them throws cyclists back into the road just before a traffic island where the gap is only just wide enough for a HGV to get through. This council needs to stop **** around with stupid small fry ideas and get on with putting in cycle lanes of a proper width (1.5m wide minimum) where possible and off-road cycle routes alongside busy main roads such as Wigginton Road and Strensall Road; and also reconfiguring junctions so that where an on-pavement cycle lane crosses a minor road carrying less than 30% of the traffic on the main road, then the cycle lane takes priority over turning traffic. Also, start fining drivers who wait at red traffic lights whilst sitting in the green cycle headstart boxes; put a camera in near Micklegate Bar and fine any car driver that encroaches on the cycle lane there.... Thankfully the Tour de france takes place on closed roads... if it took place on open roads, the cyclists would find themselves unable to get through because of cars parked on cycle lanes and waiting traffic stopped too close to the parked cars, pedestrians ambling all over the Minster Plazza and not looking at all for any bikes coming through despite signage stating hat bicycles use the area, and traffic lights that go to red as the bicycles approach.[/p][/quote]What is a hat bicycle??? Nothing else you say is worthy of comment - just pure arrogance against anyone who is not on a bike. jay, york
  • Score: -1

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