York's Tour de France cycling legacy

York Press: Cyclists gather outside the Mansion House in York as Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme joins the Lord Mayor, Coun Keith Hyman, and others on the steps Cyclists gather outside the Mansion House in York as Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme joins the Lord Mayor, Coun Keith Hyman, and others on the steps

YORK’S cycling success will be rolled out across Yorkshire as a £10 million legacy to the Tour de France’s visit.

Organisers behind the Yorkshire Grand Depart of the world-famous cycling race want the region to be still feeling the benefits ten years later.

Top of the list is getting as many people as possible on to bikes, particularly children, and York is ready and willing to share the secrets of how it became the third city in Britain for cyclists, behind Oxford and Cambridge.

City of York Council chief executive Kersten England, who is in charge of ensuring the legacy, said: “We will look to expand it across the whole region”

For years, York has invested in cycle routes, cycle lanes, cycle training and access to cycling.

It has also set up the Bike Rescue Scheme to put disused bikes back into service and the Bike Hub near Lendal Bridge to provide services for commuting and other cyclists.

Mrs England, a cyclist herself, said she hopes to set up a scheme to give every child in Yorkshire access to a bicycle and is setting up talks with bike shops and bike businesses across the region. She is also keen for people with bicycles they don’t use to make them available and wants to make road cycling safer to encourage more women to ride. In York, half of cyclists are women, compared to the national average of 33 per cent.

Talks are also about to start to set up a version of the “Boris bikes” covering the whole of Yorkshire where cyclists can hire a bike in one town and leave it in another and also take it by train between Yorkshire centres.

Mrs England said: “We won’t be raising council tax to pay for the Tour.”

Some of the money could come from existing sustainable living budgets held by local authorities and the Yorkshire Grand Depart organisation is hoping to attract funding from British Cycling, the national cycling federation.

 

Guesthouses hoping to enjoy boom time

GUESTHOUSES and bed and breakfasts that cater for cyclists could see a boom once the warmer weather returns.

Cyclists from across  Britain are expected to flock to the county to try out the Tour de France 2014 route for themselves.

Guesthouses along long distance cycle routes such as the Way Of The Roses from Lancaster to Bridlington and the White Rose route from Middlesbrough to Hull, both of which pass through York, have seen bookings from cyclists increase since the routes were introduced.
Now more accommodation businesses could find themselves cashing in - if they can provide what cyclists need.

Top of the list is secure cycle accommodation away from public view, preferably under cover. Cyclists have no objection to carrying their bike through a hotel to get to a back yard if they know their bike will be safe there. They also need to be able to dry their cycling gear if they have been out riding in wet weather.

Cyclists need calories and unless they are world class professional riders don’t need specialised diets.
They tend to eat a lot of carbohydrates such as pasta and rice and like a good breakfast. They also need to keep hydrated with plenty of water, but are not against the odd glass of alcohol.

Businesses can apply to join the national cycling organisation CTC’s internet list of cycle friendly accommodation on its website ctc-maps.org.uk

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11:56am Sat 19 Jan 13

Trespar Zagenstuz says...

This, I suppose, is as good an answer that the nay-sayers will receive, when they ask "Who will benefit?"
However, I suspect there are many who will not be convinced; and I myself feel that the 'legacy', (don't they just love that word!) is being a little overblown, as was the supposed legacy of the Coe-limpics, which has collapsed like a soufflé well past its sell-by date.
However, the cost of having stage one (or two) of The Tour start here in York need not be great, and the yield to local business could therefore be a modest but noticeable boost.
But do not assume it will change the habits of many; once the roads are re-opened, after the cyclists are heading for the hills, it will be back to car-domination, and The Tour will be largely forgotten.
And if York is going to see racks of 'pay-as-you-pedal' bicycles, please name them after the man who first suggested them for London; Ken Livingstone.
This, I suppose, is as good an answer that the nay-sayers will receive, when they ask "Who will benefit?" However, I suspect there are many who will not be convinced; and I myself feel that the 'legacy', (don't they just love that word!) is being a little overblown, as was the supposed legacy of the Coe-limpics, which has collapsed like a soufflé well past its sell-by date. However, the cost of having stage one (or two) of The Tour start here in York need not be great, and the yield to local business could therefore be a modest but noticeable boost. But do not assume it will change the habits of many; once the roads are re-opened, after the cyclists are heading for the hills, it will be back to car-domination, and The Tour will be largely forgotten. And if York is going to see racks of 'pay-as-you-pedal' bicycles, please name them after the man who first suggested them for London; Ken Livingstone. Trespar Zagenstuz

12:28pm Sat 19 Jan 13

pedalling paul says...

I'm sure that a cycle-friendly prominent local business would welcome a sponsorship opportunity for PAYG bikes.........
and perhaps we will get sponsorship for an underground "Biceberg" bike park for the city as well.
I'm sure that a cycle-friendly prominent local business would welcome a sponsorship opportunity for PAYG bikes......... and perhaps we will get sponsorship for an underground "Biceberg" bike park for the city as well. pedalling paul

6:06pm Sat 19 Jan 13

bob the builder says...

A shot in the arm for pharmacies supplies and blood labs!
A shot in the arm for pharmacies supplies and blood labs! bob the builder

9:00pm Sat 19 Jan 13

The Curator says...

bob the builder wrote:
A shot in the arm for pharmacies supplies and blood labs!
Stupid man .Cycling is trying to move on and le tour is coming to the great city of York . NAFF OFF
[quote][p][bold]bob the builder[/bold] wrote: A shot in the arm for pharmacies supplies and blood labs![/p][/quote]Stupid man .Cycling is trying to move on and le tour is coming to the great city of York . NAFF OFF The Curator

12:21pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Mr Happy says...

bob the builder wrote:
A shot in the arm for pharmacies supplies and blood labs!
What a bore!
[quote][p][bold]bob the builder[/bold] wrote: A shot in the arm for pharmacies supplies and blood labs![/p][/quote]What a bore! Mr Happy

12:39pm Sun 20 Jan 13

MouseHouse says...

Why does it have to have a "legacy"? Let it be what it is - a great sporting spectacle coming to town, with associated visitors. If the TV crews get their bit right - magnificent scenery, amazing buildings, then everything else "legacy" will follow. Don't get all **** corporate about this...that's one way of taking the fun out.

As for the builder - zzzzz....
Why does it have to have a "legacy"? Let it be what it is - a great sporting spectacle coming to town, with associated visitors. If the TV crews get their bit right - magnificent scenery, amazing buildings, then everything else "legacy" will follow. Don't get all **** corporate about this...that's one way of taking the fun out. As for the builder - zzzzz.... MouseHouse

1:58pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Trespar Zagenstuz says...

Yuo are correct, MouseHouse. The Coe-limpics tried to sell itself as 'leaving a legacy' for the future, and seemingly somebody must have believed this puerile excuse for spending millions of pounds of tax-payers' money. It's 'legacy' is all but forgotten, and we will only be reminded of it in future years by a ghost-town in East London, with a shopping centre bolted upon it, with, by then, no shops in it.
Luckily, York needs no such additions to have money wasted upon them. No 'infrastructure' is needed.
This, afterall, is a weekend festival in Yorkshire, and my one experience of a national cycling-event in France, was a perfect example of ' laissez-faire', with no major disruption to everyday events. Apart from the fact that the whole town, where I was, turned out en masse to have a huge party in the streets. Shops were encouraged to put window-displays up with cycling themes, with no mention of 'corporate branding' or shops being told not to use 'Le Tour' symbolism
The French keep the fun in the festival. Perhaps we might do the same in Yorkshire.
Forget the non-existent 'legacy'.
Yuo are correct, MouseHouse. The Coe-limpics tried to sell itself as 'leaving a legacy' for the future, and seemingly somebody must have believed this puerile excuse for spending millions of pounds of tax-payers' money. It's 'legacy' is all but forgotten, and we will only be reminded of it in future years by a ghost-town in East London, with a shopping centre bolted upon it, with, by then, no shops in it. Luckily, York needs no such additions to have money wasted upon them. No 'infrastructure' is needed. This, afterall, is a weekend festival in Yorkshire, and my one experience of a national cycling-event in France, was a perfect example of ' laissez-faire', with no major disruption to everyday events. Apart from the fact that the whole town, where I was, turned out en masse to have a huge party in the streets. Shops were encouraged to put window-displays up with cycling themes, with no mention of 'corporate branding' or shops being told not to use 'Le Tour' symbolism The French keep the fun in the festival. Perhaps we might do the same in Yorkshire. Forget the non-existent 'legacy'. Trespar Zagenstuz

10:01pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Paul Meoff says...

bob the builder wrote:
A shot in the arm for pharmacies supplies and blood labs!
Not sure if this is a thicko on a wind up or an idiot living in the past.
[quote][p][bold]bob the builder[/bold] wrote: A shot in the arm for pharmacies supplies and blood labs![/p][/quote]Not sure if this is a thicko on a wind up or an idiot living in the past. Paul Meoff

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