December 28th, 2011
The latest part of the Leeds cycling network, Wyke Back Way, has been officially opened.
The route is the newest part of the growing network and connects Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam.
It is the fourth route to be opened in the city.
Eventually a collection of 17 different routes will be laid around the Leeds with the hope of boosting the amount of people that use pedal power as a mode of transport.
David Hall, Yorkshire regional director for Sustrans, the charity behind the routes said he is confident that they will have a good effect: “I think it is an age where commuting by bike is fashionable,” he said.
“A few years ago people looked down on somebody who commuted by bike, now they often seem envious of the same cyclist.”
Hall hopes that the proposed paths will encourage people to take to their bikes because they are safe and easy to ride along.
“After a while people often say ‘this is easier than I thought, I am travelling distances I didn’t think possible and it keeps me fit’,” he told the BBC.
He also announced that more ‘carrot on stick’ tactics implemented in the future to get people moving on two wheels.