Leeds City Centre Cycle Improvements

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Leeds City Centre Cycle Improvements

Please note that this public consultation has now closed. All feedback will be taken into consideration and an outcome report will be published on this page. The information below was presented during the public consultation between 11 January - 19 February 2021.

Leeds City Council, in partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority, is working to add 7km to the existing cycling network in Leeds city centre.


Linking up and filling gaps in the existing and planned cycle network will deliver improved connectivity to, and around, the city centre. Filling in these gaps and addressing key barriers – such as bridge crossings – will help unlock suppressed demand for cycling and multiply the benefits of other schemes by improving connectivity across the whole cycle network.

This project is part of the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme; a major new programme of investment that aims to deliver transformational, new infrastructure and help create a step change in travel across the region. Doing so will help make active travel options like cycling safer and more appealing for people, and will be essential to reducing reliance on car travel and meeting the Leeds City Region commitment to become a net zero carbon city region by 2038.

The scheme comprises new cycling infrastructure in several Leeds city centre locations, to connect routes on the city’s existing cycle network and increase the length of continuous cycling infrastructure. Specifically, the interventions are situated as follows:

  • Western Gateway: Kirkstall Road to Wellington Street (A65) and St Pauls Street
  • Southern Gateway: Neville Street and Bishopgate Street, with Dark Neville Street and Sovereign Street connectors
  • Eastern Gateway: Lady Lane, Templar Street and Bridge Street
  • Crown Point Bridge Gateway: Black Bull Street and Crown Point Road
  • Holbeck Gateway: Whitehall Road to Holbeck

The map below is an overview of cycling routes in Leeds city centre (click here to open in a new tab), including both completed routes and those under construction, as well as the new proposed routes we are consulting on. Find out more about the Combined Authority’s CityConnect routes in Leeds city centre here.
Have your say

Engaging with this consultation will help provide feedback and comments which will further shape proposed plans to improve cycling in Leeds City Centre. “This map is an overview of cycling routes in Leeds city centre, including both completed routes and those under construction, as well as the new proposed routes we are consulting on. Find out more information about the Combined Authority’s CityConnect routes in Leeds city centre.”

1. Please first view the Proposed Plans which are uploaded to this webpage.
2. And then give your feedback by taking part in the consultation survey which you can find at the bottom of this page or by clicking the blue button below.

Please note: This survey has now CLOSED.

Responses to the consultation survey are being analysed and once complete, a report will be published on this page.


Contact us

To formally give your feedback on the proposals, please take part in the consultation survey via the link above. If you have questions, you can get in touch with us via:

Our Q&A tool (below): Submit your questions and we will get back to you

Telephone:  0113 245 7676 (Metroline)

Post:  Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)


*Please note that, due to the COVID-19 situation, the majority of staff are working from home and therefore there will be significant delays in receiving any postal contributions. It is strongly recommended that you contact us via email if possible.

Leeds City Centre Cycle Improvements

Please note that this public consultation has now closed. All feedback will be taken into consideration and an outcome report will be published on this page. The information below was presented during the public consultation between 11 January - 19 February 2021.

Leeds City Council, in partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority, is working to add 7km to the existing cycling network in Leeds city centre.


Linking up and filling gaps in the existing and planned cycle network will deliver improved connectivity to, and around, the city centre. Filling in these gaps and addressing key barriers – such as bridge crossings – will help unlock suppressed demand for cycling and multiply the benefits of other schemes by improving connectivity across the whole cycle network.

This project is part of the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme; a major new programme of investment that aims to deliver transformational, new infrastructure and help create a step change in travel across the region. Doing so will help make active travel options like cycling safer and more appealing for people, and will be essential to reducing reliance on car travel and meeting the Leeds City Region commitment to become a net zero carbon city region by 2038.

The scheme comprises new cycling infrastructure in several Leeds city centre locations, to connect routes on the city’s existing cycle network and increase the length of continuous cycling infrastructure. Specifically, the interventions are situated as follows:

  • Western Gateway: Kirkstall Road to Wellington Street (A65) and St Pauls Street
  • Southern Gateway: Neville Street and Bishopgate Street, with Dark Neville Street and Sovereign Street connectors
  • Eastern Gateway: Lady Lane, Templar Street and Bridge Street
  • Crown Point Bridge Gateway: Black Bull Street and Crown Point Road
  • Holbeck Gateway: Whitehall Road to Holbeck

The map below is an overview of cycling routes in Leeds city centre (click here to open in a new tab), including both completed routes and those under construction, as well as the new proposed routes we are consulting on. Find out more about the Combined Authority’s CityConnect routes in Leeds city centre here.
Have your say

Engaging with this consultation will help provide feedback and comments which will further shape proposed plans to improve cycling in Leeds City Centre. “This map is an overview of cycling routes in Leeds city centre, including both completed routes and those under construction, as well as the new proposed routes we are consulting on. Find out more information about the Combined Authority’s CityConnect routes in Leeds city centre.”

1. Please first view the Proposed Plans which are uploaded to this webpage.
2. And then give your feedback by taking part in the consultation survey which you can find at the bottom of this page or by clicking the blue button below.

Please note: This survey has now CLOSED.

Responses to the consultation survey are being analysed and once complete, a report will be published on this page.


Contact us

To formally give your feedback on the proposals, please take part in the consultation survey via the link above. If you have questions, you can get in touch with us via:

Our Q&A tool (below): Submit your questions and we will get back to you

Telephone:  0113 245 7676 (Metroline)

Post:  Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)


*Please note that, due to the COVID-19 situation, the majority of staff are working from home and therefore there will be significant delays in receiving any postal contributions. It is strongly recommended that you contact us via email if possible.

Please make sure you take part in the survey to formally record your feedback in this consultation. If you have any questions about the project or this consultation, let us know below!

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    I have relocated since the start of covid meaning I intend to cycle more than I had done in the past - please consider peoples change in circumstances over the last year to improve support for this scheme in surveys!

    aliciap asked 20 days ago

    Hi there, 

    Thank you for your question. We have given consideration to the affect of Covid-19 restrictions on 'normal' travel habits (such as commuting for work). 

    In general terms cycling sites nearer to the city centre and inside the city centre have recorded lower levels of weekday use, with the normal commuter 'peak times' much reduced. There has however been more cycle lane use during daytime hours as people enjoy recreational cycling. Outside of the city centre, there has been good use of cycle lanes during weekdays which is in line with, or above pre-covid levels. Weekend cycle use both in the city centre and outside has significantly increased in Leeds since March 2020. In summary, it appears that city centre commuting has fallen (reflecting the government asking people to work from home) but the amount of people choosing to making journeys on bikes has increased during the day time and most positively at weekends.

    We have reflected this in the survey questions (e.g. prompts for participants to answer based on their travel habits pre-Covid) and will bear your response in mind when analysing feedback. Thank you for your suggestion and if you haven't already, please take part in the consultation survey which can be found by following this link: https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/leeds-ccci 

    Yours,
    The Leeds CCCI Consultation & Engagement Team

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    Hello This is fantastic work thank you to all those involved. One question I had was will there be a secure way of ‘parking’ expensive bicycles for an hour or two once I have made the journey into Leeds city centre. Not having somewhere I know my bike will be safe puts me off using these great amenities? Kind regards Damian

    Damian asked 15 days ago

    Hi there, 

    Thanks for your enquiry and compliment about the scheme. At the moment you can park your bike securely for £1.50 per day at the cycle hub located at Evans Cycles at Leeds train station, the store is open from 9am-6pm Monday-Saturday. 

    Leeds train station is in the process of being modernised with the addition of 600+ secure bicycle parking spaces to be included in this development. It will include electric bike charging points and hourly, daily, weekly and annual membership packages. This is planned to open from 2023.  

    Yours,
    The Leeds CCCI Consultation & Engagement Team

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    Why are cyclist not made to have road tax or insurance. We are providing all of these facilities but would it not be fairer if they contributed like car drivers have to.

    Kcp asked 27 days ago

    Thank you for your question. Drivers don't pay road tax, as this was abolished in 1937, what drivers pay is Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). The amount depends on the vehicle's carbon dioxide emissions, with owners of low-emission vehicles (Band A) paying nothing. Since bicycles are zero emission, cyclists would pay nothing even if bicycles were subject to VED. Roads are paid for out of general taxation, which includes everything from income tax to tax on alcohol and cigarettes. We hope this answers your question and if you haven't already, please take part in the consultation survey which can be found on this page.  

    The Leeds CCCI Consultation & Engagement Team