How and why Leeds should follow Danish example on cycling – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Dr Robert Halstead, Horsforth, Leeds.

Crowds watch the UCI World Championships.
Crowds watch the UCI World Championships.

I REFER to the recent letter (The Yorkshire Post, October 8) from Martin J Phillips of Leeds which argued that Yorkshire’s climate and wet weather means that cycle commuting is not a practical option in the county.

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However, the example of Copenhagen suggests that climate is not a barrier.

Will more people commute by bike following the staging of major cycling events in Yorkshire?

The average annual temperature in Leeds is 9.5C, with average annual rainfall of 697mm. The climate of Copenhagen is very similar, where the average annual temperature is 8.4C and the average annual rainfall is 621mm.

The rates of cycling in the two cities are however very different. In Leeds, 10.5 per cent of adults cycle at least once a week for transport (non-leisure purposes), while in contrast, in Copenhagen, 41 per cent of trips to work or education are by bike. Copenhagen’s example suggests what Leeds might achieve with a comprehensive network of segregated cycling infrastructure as found in the Danish capital along with cycle-friendly employers and facilities.

From: Jenny Eaves, Balby, Doncaster.

WHIlE I appreciate the damage will hopefully be temporary, I was shocked at the extent of the problem on Harrogate Stray from the cycling ‘fan zone’.