Leeds United star Patrick Bamford joined the celebrations at the official opening of the city’s new Elland Road cycle lane today.
The 1.5km route, which runs from Elland Road Park and Ride to the city centre, will help connect people in south Leeds with job, training, education and leisure opportunities.
It is part of a £6.4 million package delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in partnership with Leeds City Council, including the Claypit Lane route that opened earlier this summer and a scheme to extend the existing segregated cycle lane on Dewsbury Road with a 1.5km section of new route between Garnet Road and Beeston Ring Road.
Leeds United footballer Patrick Bamford said: “I’m really pleased to be able to come down and get involved in the launch of the Elland Road cycle lane.
“Not only is this a great way to connect people in this area with the city centre, but it also helps people to stay fit and healthy. Most importantly it can also help to reduce the carbon footprint in Leeds. Tackling climate change is vital and every step we take towards becoming carbon neutral is important.”
The schemes have received £6.4 million from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), delivered in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1billion package of Government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.
They are being delivered through the Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme, which is aimed at enabling more people to travel by bike or on foot.
Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “Making it easier to cycle and walk, as well as travel by bus and train, is at the heart of my Mayoral pledges to make transport work for people and tackle the climate emergency on our way to becoming a net-zero carbon economy by 2038.
“A better and more inclusive transport network goes beyond getting people from A to B. It is about making sure everyone can access job, education and training opportunities and getting all of us — our people, our communities, our businesses – to where we want to be as a region.”
The CityConnect programme has received funding through the Department for Transport-funded Cycle City Ambition Grant (CCAG) and local match funding, a combined £60m package of works aimed at improving cycling infrastructure across West Yorkshire and York to make cycling and walking the natural choice for short journeys. The programme is delivered in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the five West Yorkshire councils and City of York Council.
In partnership with Leeds City Council and City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, the team has completed work on the 23km Bradford Leeds Cycle Superhighway, which connects two of Yorkshire’s major cities with a route segregated from traffic.
Communities across West Yorkshire and York are seeing the benefits of new, high-quality cycling and walking infrastructure, including Bradford’s Canal Road Cycleway, Leeds’s City Centre Cycle Superhighway, the Castleford Wakefield Greenway, a series of canal towpath upgrades in Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale, and Scarborough Bridge, York.
From route information to free adult cycle training and support for businesses, find out how CityConnect can help you cycle and walk more here.