Everyone in Yorkshire will have access to a bicycle by 2023.
That is the ambitious aim of Cycle Yorkshire, the Tour de France’s flagship legacy campaign which is backed by all 21 Yorkshire local authorities, tourism firm Welcome to Yorkshire, cycling charities CTC and Sustrans as well as partners including British Cycling.
The project, which is a first nationally, is already bearing fruit and launched its Tour de France educational packs for school in December.
Regional director of the scheme Graham Titchener claims more Sportive cycle rides and cycling safety measures are already springing up but added that the bulk of work will come post-Tour de France.
He said: “More Sky Rides and Breeze networks and more velodromes and cycle tracks are examples of things we would like to see happen in time - hence the 10-year strategy.
“What we do promise is a unique thing nationally where the whole region has come together with one aim - to get people cycling.”
But in spite of the ambition, there is no funding outside of existing local authority cash singled out for Cycle Yorkshire.
Instead it is hoped private sector sponsorship could help yield widespread cycling change.
“We want to develop at least a perception and the aim is to become more of an Amsterdam of the world - but they have had decades for this,” he said.
“We don’t aspire to become a cycling paradise by any means but we do aspire to become something better for cyclists.”
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n The wheels of change are already in motion to bring cycling to the masses in Yorkshire.
Multi-million pound Government-funded projects and ambitious cross-border legacy campaigns are being readied across the region in a bid to make the most of the once-in-a-lifetime arrival of the Tour de France on July 5 and 6.
And anticipation is already building ahead of steam.
Following the success of Yorkshire’s bid to host two stages of the world’s most watched annual sporting event, the Government waded in with an unprecedented £77m two-wheeled war chest in August which Prime Minister David Cameron said was an attempt at “starting a cycling revolution” in the UK.
North Yorkshire County Council’s £4m road investment package was featured in the Harrogate Advertiser series last month.
It will resurface roads, improve pedestrian links and cycle facilities before July’s Grand Départ.