<P> Philip Darnton, Chairman, Cycling England Cycling England has found that targeting people at the hubs that bring them together such as schools, leisure destinations and especially train stations is a very effective way of persuading them to take up cycling. The Leeds CyclePoint is a major new development of this concept. It provides convenience, safety and an attractive location - key features for getting people to use their bikes for short, urban trips. It marks a first in the UK and Cycling England is working with train operating companies and Network Rail to extend this concept to other major stations. Right from the start of our Northern Rail and Merseyrail franchises, improving information and facilities for passengers throughout their entire end to end journey has been one of Abellios top priorities. Enhancing station environments is one of the key ways we can achieve this aim and Leeds CyclePoint represents one of Abellios ?agship integrated transport initiatives. It has a really wide range of bene?ts, says Peter Lensink, Abellios Head of Business Development UK. CyclePoint opens up a new and convenient way for our customers to get to and from the station, and experience from the Netherlands shows that providing high quality facilities at stations for cyclists increases our passenger satisfaction ratings and revenues too. On top of that, encouraging cycling is good for peoples health, for the environment, for reducing road congestion, and its fun, Peter adds. With cycling becoming more popular in the UK, Abellio saw the opportunity to adapt successful cycle storage/service facilities in place at Dutch stations and bring a new integrated bike/rail service to the UK franchises. The aim was to develop a concept which would provide incentives that had previously been missing for people to cycle to stations, for example by addressing passengers fears that there would be a high risk of their bikes being stolen or damaged if they left them at stations. On top of that, a broad range of facilities would be available to make cycling to stations a much more attractive proposition. Leeds CyclePoint is the ?rst dedicated service of this kind in the country. It offers secure storage for over 300 bikes in double deck racks, open between 6pm and midnight and staffed between 7am and 7pm. During hours when there no staff, passengers can store or retrieve their bike using a swipe card. A day ticket costs £1 with a carnet option of 11 tickets for £10. Monthly tickets cost £15 and annual tickets £120. Costs have deliberately been kept very low. It represents a big saving over the price of parking a car, says Peter. In addition to cycle storage, cycle hire and repair services are available and CyclePoint sells bikes and spare parts, and offers safe cycle training as well. It also contains a real time rail service information display to ensure passengers are well informed of how long they have to catch their train. In the future, smartcards could be used for payment and entry, in line with the expected progression of smartcard ticketing for local rail and bus services. Leeds CyclePoint will also be used for events to raise awareness of the wide bene?ts that cycling can bring and will be the centrepiece of a broad campaign to promote cycling to stations. Northern Rail and partners including West Yorkshire PTE, sustainable transport charity Sustrans, national cyclists organisations Cycling England and CTC, plus Evans Cycles - Leeds CyclePoints operator - will all publicise the project. Already, there have been signs that CyclePoint is creating new interest in riding to the station. There has been considerable interest from large companies in Leeds enquiring about corporate cycle storage or cycle hire packages, says Peter. We believe that if we provide good facilities, there is a much larger market for cycling to stations in the UK than the current ?gures suggest. CyclePoint means cheaper journeys and a healthier lifestyle PETER LENSINK, Head of Business Development UK, Abellio David Hall, Regional Director Yorkshire and Humber, Sustrans Sustrans congratulates everyone involved in establishing the UKs first CyclePoint at Leeds station. The clear message is Leeds welcomes cyclists. By 2020 the national aim should be to have 4 out of 5 everyday local journeys made by foot, bike and public transport. High quality initiatives like this make an important step toward that goal. Alex Veitch, Integrated Transport Manager, Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) It is great news that Leeds CyclePoint is now open for business, and we look forward to seeing more of these facilities across the UK. Train companies are committed to ensuring that passengers are able to get to and from stations as easily as possible, and ATOC is working closely with operators, Cycling England, DfT, Network Rail and others to improve cycle facilities for rail passengers. Inexpensive, environmentally friendly and good for your health, cycling is becoming an ever more popular form of transport. While we have some way to go before we are as good as countries such as Holland at getting people onto two wheels, this Dutch-style CyclePoint is an important step in encouraging combined cycle and rail travel. interview</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/3/3/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/4/4/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/5/5/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/6/6/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/7/7/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/8/8/">Page-8</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/9/9/">Page-9</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/10/10/">Page-10</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/11/11/">Page-11</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/12/12/">Page-12</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/13/13/">Page-13</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/14/14/">Page-14</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/15/15/">Page-15</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/16/16/">Page-16</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/17/17/">Page-17</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/18/18/">Page-18</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/19/19/">Page-19</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1588/lpzzdhpvl/20/20/">Back-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publications/1588/x/sitemap.xml" target="_blank">site map</a></LI> </UL>


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