Three times as many people of all ages and abilities are now cycling in the Bradford District than in the previous two years.
The riding revolution is set to increase by the fact the greatest free sports event in the world The Tour De France will be on our doorstep in July. Countless thousands of visitors from all corners of the world will by visiting the Bradford District boosting the local economy by millions of pounds.
Now a new radio programme to cover all aspects of the world of cycling is to be aired next week ( Monday Jan 20 at 6pm) by Bradford’s award winning BCB 106.6fm radio. The BCB Bicycle Show, is being aimed at cyclists of all levels, with tips and hints from an expert panel ranging from mending punctures at the roadside, to who to watch out for at the Tour de France, and where to go for rides and get safety training.
Introducing the first programme will be cycling journalist Malcolm Hoddy, with the panel of dedicated cyclists including Barry Firth, a cycle shop owner at Queensbury, Paul Merrett of Sustrans, Iain Johnson a mountain biking specialist of MTB Cycle Yorkshire and Francine Hoddy head of Safe 2 Cycle, the Bradford based cycling training company. Regular cyclist Graham Glover will be dealing with the technical side of the show
Millions of pounds are currently being spent on cycling infrastructure which will change the face of cycling throughout the area. In time for the start of the tour – the Grand Depart – in Leeds the towpath of the Leeds – Liverpool canal from Saltaire to Leeds is being resurfaced and widened, making it a perfect route for leisure riders, commuters and of course walkers.
Cycle paths are being developed from Shipley to run mainly off road to the centre of Bradford, and in Keighley from Utley to Stockbridge.
The biggest development is a route called City Connec t – which involves a segregated cycle lane from the centre of Bradford to the centre of Leeds.
Jonathan Pinfield , Broadcast Manager of BCB 106.6fm said: “Cycling is now on the agenda of thousands of people in the area. We needed to look at a programme on the subject, so w e put out feelers, and now have a team of volunteers presenters who are experts in their own field and are all dedicated cyclists.
“One aim of the programme is to get listeners involved with either question and answer sessions and debating issues around cycling.”
The first of the monthly scheduled programmes can be heard on BCB 106.6fm on Monday at 6pm. ( and can also be found on www.bcbradio.co.uk.