What could persuade more of us to swap four wheels for two?


What could persuade more of us to swap four wheels for two? That’s the question that people in Ilkley will be encouraged to think about at a ‘Cycle-friendly Ilkley’ evening.


The online event will take place by Zoom on Monday 14th December, 7pm-9pm, co-hosted by Ilkley Town Council and Climate Action Ilkley.


Guest speaker Richard Armitage is executive director of the European Cycle Logistics Federation and has ridden a bike regularly all his life, he also knows Ilkley well, since his mother is a resident.


Richard will be helping attendees think creatively about how Ilkley might find ways to make things easier for those keen to make a larger proportion of their journeys by bike – and will be explaining how some other towns and cities have managed to make progress with improvements to arrangements for cyclists.


A spokesperson for Climate Action Ilkley said: "The benefits of cycling for health (both physical and mental), for the environment, and for general wellbeing are well-known. Ilkley is undoubtedly a challenging town for bikes – the hills are steep, the valley is narrow and the roads are busy. However, there are increasing opportunities to overcome some of these obstacles. Electric bikes are now becoming more powerful, which offers the promise of extending everyday cycling to people who might otherwise have thought it beyond their capabilities. Systems for sharing, renting and loaning bikes of all kinds are becoming much easier to organise via mobile technology and more employers are signing up to tax-efficient government schemes to support the purchase both of regular and of electric bikes. Moreover, as reported in the last week, West Yorkshire Combined Authority has recently received £10 million to boost cycling and walking across the region – which may make possible some local improvements to cycling infrastructure."


In addition to the talk from Richard Armitage, the evening will also offer an opportunity to hear opinions, ideas and updates from Ilkley Cycling