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City of York Council wins in Sustrans cycle awards

Thursday 9th July 2015

Cycling, Going to Work, Going to School, Businesses

The City of York Council has won the Yorkshire award for ‘Best Partner’ at an event to celebrate 20 years of National Cycle Network held at the Northern Ballet in Leeds.

Sustrans judges said that Sustrans has had a strong working relationship with the Council since the development of the York to Selby path in 1985, and continues to work with them to maintain and develop the network and reach out to universities and workplaces in the city.

The award was presented by Tour de France Legend Brian Robinson* to Andy Vose from City of York Council at a conference in Leeds to discuss the future of the National Cycle Network (NCN). The NCN is 20 years old this year and covers over 14,000 miles of cycling and walking routes throughout Britain. Yorkshire has the highest amount of paths of any county, with over 1000 miles.

Paul Osborne, Regional Director for Sustrans Yorkshire said: “The National Cycle Network in York goes along the river side, through the City Gates past the Minster right to the heart of the historic city. These routes are popular with commuters, beginners and tourists alike. York has set the standard for the region over many years and is well known for its innovative approach and willingness to embrace new ideas.”

At the conference Sir Gary Verity of Welcome to Yorkshire called for investment in World Class Infrastructure to make Yorkshire the Cycling Capital of Europe:  “Yorkshire’s hosting of what the French called ‘The Grandest Grand Depart ever’ really got people in Yorkshire inspired and excited about cycling, but the real cycle race is only just beginning. We want to build on the enthusiasm of the Grand Depart to make Yorkshire the cycling capital of Europe. We’re a long way behind cycling cities like Copenhagen or Utrecht, but if bicycle travel became established it would help to tackle some of our biggest urban challenges, from low levels of exercise to air pollution to traffic congestion.”

The City of York Council beat off tough competition from Phoenix Dance company (which choreographed the Ghost Peloton performance for the Tour de France), Leeds City Council and the National Trust.

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Notes to editors
• *In 1955 Brian Robinson was the first British person to complete the Tour de France and became the first Brit to win a stage in 1958.
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