Two of the main figures behind Leeds securing the Tour de France Grand Depart immediately visited two grassroots biking tasks within the New Wortley space.

Folks from two grassroots biking tasks met with Tour de France Race Director Christian Prudhomme and Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Govt Sir Gary Verity.

They met volunteers at New Wortley Group Centre’s Bike Library earlier than heading to Castleton Major College, the place pupils have been participating in a biking expertise session.

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Christian Prudhomme, Sir Gary Verity and Cllr Kim Groves with volunteers at New Wortley Group Centre

Earlier this yr, the Bike Library primarily based on the neighborhood centre acquired £10,000 by means of CityConnect’s neighborhood grants scheme to assist fund a member of workers to develop the venture and enhance the numbers of individuals biking within the space.

The neighborhood centre now has six common volunteers reconditioning bikes for the Bike Library. Greater than 120 folks have taken half in actions there, together with hiring a motorcycle, led rides and bike upkeep coaching classes.

Rebecca Houlding, Constructing Blocks Supervisor at New Wortley Group Centre, stated:

“Due to the funding from CityConnect we’ve been in a position to maximise the Bike Library’s potential and the progress we’ve made throughout this venture has created a beneficial native useful resource, which can proceed to learn residents sooner or later.”

As a part of its Bike Pleasant Colleges scheme, the CityConnect staff has additionally been working with Castleton Major College, the place yearly 5 and 6 pupils can experience a motorcycle.

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Castleton Major College children get on their bikes

Working with kids and workers at faculties on or close to CityConnect routes, together with the Bradford Leeds Cycle Superhighway, the scheme supplies entry to mortgage bikes, in addition to cycle coaching for pupils and workers, led rides and improved bike storage.

Graham Jones, Inclusion Assist Supervisor at Castleton Major, stated:

“From boosting bodily exercise to instilling good journey habits that final a life time, we all know encouraging extra of our pupils to cycle and stroll brings actual advantages.

“Participating in CityConnect’s Bike Pleasant Colleges scheme is a good alternative to get extra of our pupils biking.”

Sir Gary Verity stated:

“It was incredible to see so many younger folks participating with biking in Leeds immediately.

“We’re extremely happy with our bike libraries, that are a direct legacy of the Grand Depart being held in Yorkshire, and everyone knows the Tour de Yorkshire is a lot greater than a motorcycle race. It brings communities collectively but additionally evokes folks to get out and provides biking a go.”

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of West Yorkshire Mixed Authority’s Transport Committee, additionally joined Mr Verity and Mr Prudhomme.

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