5 Million Trips Clocked on CityConnect Routes

01 October 2021

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority's CityConnect programme has hit a major milestone, with a combined total of more than five million trips by bike counted on its cycling and walking routes across the region.

The impressive total trips were combined after collating the latest monthly user numbers from April 2021. The figures are taken from fixed-route counters across the range of infrastructure delivered by the Combined Authority's dedicated cycling and walking programme, including its flagship scheme - the 23km Bradford Leeds Cycle Superhighway, which opened in summer 2016. It means a combined total of 5,100,136 bike trips have now been recorded across all CityConnect routes since the first route opened in 2016.

CityConnect has been working to support more people in West Yorkshire to travel by bike and on foot since 2014, aiming to open up access to cycling and walking routes and connect communities with opportunities for work, training, and leisure. This has involved investment of more than £60 million in high-quality cycling and walking infrastructure, with a mix of segregated on-road routes and traffic-free canal towpaths and greenways delivered by the Combined Authority and local authority partners across West Yorkshire and York.

The Combined Authority is aiming to increase the share of active travel in West Yorkshire and reduce the number of cars on the roads as part of its bid to become a net-zero carbon economy by 2038.

For more information please contact cityconnect@westyorks-ca.gov.uk