Bike parking increases in city

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ONE of the key destinations on the Tour de France’s route in Yorkshire has boosted the number of parking spaces for bikes in the city as popularity in cycling soars.

York Council has created space for an extra 150 bikes in the city centre this year by adding new cycle racks and extending some existing racks. The number of spaces for parking bikes has grown by 18 per cent compared to the beginning of the year. There has been a dramatic increase in interest in cycling ahead of the arrival of the Tour’s Grand Départ in the region next summer. The route will set off from Leeds to Harrogate on July 5 next year before starting in York and finishing in Sheffield the following day.