During National Bike Week (6 – 12 June), Cycle Wakefield, in partnership with Wakefield Council, has unveiled a new website aimed at encouraging and promoting cycling in the Wakefield district.

The newly launched website serves as a comprehensive resource, providing valuable information and various tools related to cycling. It offers advice, trail and route recommendations, tips, educational materials, and more.

To further bolster the cycling initiatives and organisations in the Wakefield district, Cllr Mohammad Ayub has been appointed as the Council’s new Cycling Champion. In his role, Cllr Ayub will work towards raising awareness and supporting cycling endeavours across the region.

Expressing enthusiasm about the website launch and National Bike Week, Cllr Ayub stated, “We are excited to be part of the launch of the new website and celebrate National Bike Week. The new website will be a valuable resource for cyclists in Wakefield and beyond, helping them to explore the beauty of our region and enjoy the many benefits of cycling.”

Meg Andrews, Chair of Wakefield District Cycle Forum, highlighted the Forum’s commitment to promoting cycling and expressed optimism about the website’s impact. Andrews said, “Cycle Wakefield’s splendid new website will help get the message across by providing easy access to the various groups, clubs, facilities, and organisations supporting cycling right across the district.”

The website features maps showcasing popular cycling routes and trails, along with information about local events, clubs, and organisations. It also dedicates a section to cycling safety, offering tips and guidelines suitable for riders of all ages and skill levels.

In addition to these resources, the website provides information on cycling education and training, including bike maintenance, gear, and accessories.

Cllr Ayub emphasised the website’s potential to encourage more people to take up cycling and explore the region’s stunning routes and trails. He stated, “We hope that the new website will encourage more people to take up cycling and explore the many wonderful routes and trails in our area. Cycling is a fantastic way to stay active, connect with nature, and enjoy the great outdoors, and we are proud to support and promote this healthy, fun, and eco-friendly activity.”

The Council has recently joined the ‘green libraries’ scheme, which aims to reduce vehicle emissions and promote environmentally friendly modes of transportation. As part of the initiative, all 12 libraries in Wakefield will provide visitors with cycle parking, access to onsite bike maintenance stations, and bike repair loan kits. The objective is to encourage individuals to use bicycles or walk to libraries instead of driving.

Cycle Wakefield comprises a diverse group of cycling enthusiasts committed to promoting cycling in the Wakefield area. The group includes Wakefield Council, Wakefield District Cycle Forum, SUSTRANS, Open Country, as well as smaller cycling clubs and groups.

For further information about Cycle Wakefield and the new website, please visit www.cyclewakefield.co.uk.

To locate your nearest library and learn more about the ‘green libraries’ scheme, visit https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/libraries-and-local-history/your-local-library/.