West Yorkshire cycle scheme

The Government has announced that nearly £30m will be invested in to the longest intercity cycle route in the north of England.

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Cycling super highway

It's being hailed as the cycling super highway - the new path between Leeds and Bradford for two wheeled travellers - but there are fears tonight that it could be a multi million pound road to no-where.

Almost 30 million pounds is set to be invested in improving cycle roads, but to date only 2% of people in Bradford and Leeds choose to commute by bike, prompting suggestions that the money might be better spent elsewhere. Claire Ashforth reports


'Super Cycle Highway' launched

The Leeds Liverpool Canal will benefit from the £30m investment. Credit: ITV

Leeds city council have unveiled their £30 million pound 'superhighway' - a dedicated cycle lane to take riders safely through Leeds and Bradford, along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal (above).

Launching the scheme, Councillor James Lewis promised that the dedicated segregated pathway would mean cyclists could stay away from cars to allow for safer journeys, and also encourage commuters to leave their cars and cycle to work.

Currently around 2% of the population of Leeds and Bradford cycle to work, which officials hope will rise significantly.

The 'Super Cycle Highway' aims to capitalise on Tour De France fever and encourage a new generation of yellow jersey riders.

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