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Cycling in Bradford

Bradford has something for everyone when it comes to cycling. On-road, off-road, trials, bmx, fixed gear, whatever you're into, Bradford and its surrounds are a great place to ride.

From traffic free routes on the Sustrans National Cycle Network to epic routes out into the Yorkshire Dales, all abilities are catered for.

In recent years Bradford has hosted high profile cycling events such as the Skyride Bradford, the Tour of Britain, and the National Cyclo Cross championships.

CycleBradford is the local organisation that brings all the various strands of cycling in the area together. With the recent launch of a Cycling Strategy mapping out positive change for the next 10 years, local cyclists can get involved in ensuring a bright future for cycling in the district.

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Public bridleway from Apperley Bridge to Guiseley.

[Image taken 3.9.21] Vicar Lane, Bradford. [Note: No streetview here.] Ah, taxis can be electric and therefore need charging points too. I haven't spotted any dedicated bays in York, yet. Other images today: #173801 and links

[Image taken 3.9.21] Vicar Lane, Bradford. [Note: No streetview here.] Distinctive (and once you know what it is) easy to spot cycle parking. Seemingly installed during lockdown 2020. See also: #173820 and links.

[Image taken 3.9.21] Vicar Lane, Bradford. [Note: No streetview here.] I'm looking out for reasons why, if there is car parking, there should not be cycle parking too. Ie can I say to a local authority, if there's car parking, in every case ... [more]

[Image taken 3.9.21] Wakefield Road, Bradford. Innovation to create a dropped kerb for cyclists. See also: #173803. Context: #173801, and links.

[Image taken 3.9.21] Usher Street/Wakefield Road, Bradford. Innovation to create a dropped kerb for cyclists on a popup cycle lane. See also: #173804. Context: #173801, and links.

[Image taken 3.9.21] Wakefield Road/Rutland Street, Bradford. Light segregation (wands and armadillos) reallocate one of the three lanes in each direction to people on cycles. The funding came from the Government's covid-19 active travel fu ... [more]

[Image taken 25.6.21] Hall Ings, Bradford. Bradford Capital of Cycling is split across two sites - see also: #170654 and links. This building has work areas in the windows. During the day you can see volunteer mechanics working on cycles. T ... [more]

[Image taken 25.6.21] Hall Ings, Bradford. The premises of Bradford Capital of Cycling (www.capitalofcycling.org/) see also: #170653 and links.

[Image taken 25.6.21] Hall Ings, Bradford. The premises of Bradford Capital of Cycling see also: #170654, #170655.

[Image taken 25.6.21] Hall Ings, Bradford close to the front of the premises of Bradford Capital of Cycling (www.capitalofcycling.org/) - see: #170653 and links. The cycle symbol does not protect the route or users from drivers waiting to t ... [more]

[Image taken 25.6.21] Hall Ings, Bradford, junction with Bridge Street. A 'covid-19' cycle lane that provides protection from other road users by means of wands - enabling faster cyclists to pass other users. Other image here: #170651. Othe ... [more]

[Image taken 24.6.21] Outside Bread + Roses, 14 North Parade, Bradford. Two forms of cycle parking: both from cyclehoop (www.cyclehoop.com/) and both designed to fit on a car parking space. The dark enclosed shape is a Bikehangar (www.cycl ... [more]

[Image taken 24.6.21] Godwin Street, Bradford. Hoarding-mounted gallery. Other image here today: #170647 and links.

[Image taken 24.6.21] Godwin Street, Bradford. Hoarding-mounted gallery. Adds interest to a location. But is also much less threatening a backdrop to city life than blank hoardings. There is room here people to be able to stop and enjoy th ... [more]

Car barrier with gap for pedestrians cyclists and horses

Road barrier

Footbridge (on Scholebrook Lane bridleway) over Tyersal Beck next to ford

Modal filter allowing cyclists and walkers but not cars on New Lane

Sign for the West Yorkshire Cycle Route

The climb across the wuthering heights from Haworth to the Lancashire border

What else could it possibly be for?

Route sign, Haworth

Sign for the West Yorkshire Cycle Route

It's all hilly in Haworth

Sign for the West Yorkshire Cycle Route

Cycle parking by the park in Haworth

Cycle parking just off the main street in Haworth

Very steep (but largely traffic-free) climb up to central Haworth

Footbridge to Haworth station

Direct route from Haworth station (steam railway) to the centre - with a very steep hill to push a bike up.

Bloody cheek - this car trader displays its wares on the footway, blocking it to pedestrians, wheelchair users etc (see also the Google Satellite image).

Cycle parking and pedestrianisation in central Keighley

Route signs from NCN route 696 to central Keighley

Cycle route from NCN route 696 to central Keighley

Cycle route from central Keighley to NCN route 696

Narrow section of the cycle route from NCN route 696 to central Keighley

Cycle route from NCN route 696 to central Keighley

Cycle route from NCN route 696 to central Keighley

Cycle route from central Keighley to NCN route 696

Short stretch of shared-use footway to reach the crossing on the route from central Keighley to NCN route 696

Route signs between central Keighley and NCN route 696

Cycle lanes on Bradford Road, Keighley

Route signs between NCN route 696 and central Keighley

The towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (NCN route 696) at Bar Lane, Riddlesden

The towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (NCN route 696) at Granby Lane, Riddlesden

The towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (NCN route 696) at Swine Lane, Riddlesden

The towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (NCN route 696) at Morton Lane, Crossflatts

The towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (NCN route 696) at Micklethwaite Lane, Crossflatts

Canal Road at the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (NCN route 696)

Swing bridge at the top of Bingley Five Rise Locks

Barriers at the top of the steep descent past Bingley Five Rise Locks - probably wise...

Bingley Five Rise Locks

Swing bridge at Bingley Three Rise Locks

Footbridge at Bingley Three Rise Locks

Stepped link only between the towpath and the cycle bridge, Bingley

Cycle bridge in Bingley

The Airedale Towpath (NCN route 696) - to the right.

The Airedale Towpath (NCN route 696) changes sides here.

The Airedale Towpath (NCN route 696) changes sides here.

Route signs, bridge, lock and ice-cream van on the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (NCN route 696)

Route signs on the Airedale Towpath (NCN route 696)

Link to the Airedale Towpath (NCN route 696)

Modal filter in Saltaire

The Ellis Briggs bikeshop in Shipley has closed.

Exit to Shipley from the Airedale Grenway (NCN route 696)

Junction Bridge, Shipley

Junction of NCN routes 66 and 696 (not as shown on OpenCycleMap)

Milepost by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Swing bridge over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal as it enters Shipley

The surface of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath deteriorates as it leaves the Leeds metropolitan area.

Swing bridge and bridleway crossing the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Field Locks on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal passing beneath the Leeds-Skipton railway.

Dobson Locks on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Lots of steps up to the main part of Myrtle Park.

A public bridleway to the Festival of Britain bridge #110367 over the River Aire.

Transport options in Bingley.

Pavement hopping cycle infrastructure coming into Bingley town centre.

Bikes parked on Main Street, although there is cycle parking across the road on Queen Street.

Cycle parking at Queen Street in Bingley.

A toucan crossing across Bingley Main Street. A lane leads through to the railway station from here.

A sign for some cycle parking, although I couldn't see any outside the station where the sign is pointing. However, there is cycle parking inside the station.

No Vehicles and Cyclists Dismount on Foundry Hill leading to a toucan crossing across Main Street (at #110745). There were no such signs at the other end of the lane. A dropped kerb could also be provided.

Cycle parking on Bingley Main Street.

Cycle parking in the Lidl car park. Perhaps a little close to the kerb and at risk of bikes parked there being hit by opening car doors.

The path from Bingley station to Ferncliffe Road and beyond to the Airedale Greenway passes the Aldi car park.

The path to Bingley station crosses the entrance to the Aldi car park.

The path from the Waterloo Road car park ends at the Aldi car park, but another path connects across to Ferncliffe Road. Corduroy 'hazard' tactiles have been used in place of cycleway tactiles.

The line-segregated path ends and the cycle route to the station continues through the Waterloo Road car park.

A dropped kerb at the end of the Waterloo Road car park for accessing the railway station and the cycle parking there at #110734. The path also continues to a flight of steps up to the Park Road bridge.

A route sign for the Airedale Greenway outside Bingley station.

Cycle parking shelter at Bingley station, on the eastbound platform accessed from Waterloo Road.

Cycle parking and lockers at Bingley station, on the platform accessed from the main entrance.

Cycle parking at Bingley station, on the platform accessed from the main entrance.

Cycle parking on Wellington Road outside some shops.

Cycle parking in Cooke Lane outside the shopping centre.

No Cycling into the bus station operations area.

The Cycling Club in Keighley, although it appears to be a snooker club. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-47726687

Signage leading to the Airedale Greenway from Keighley.

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