<P>Leeds CyclePoint has been the catalyst for plans to improve facilities for cyclists at stations across the Leeds city region and the surrounding area. Last year, Cycling England awarded Northern Rail a £1m grant to invest in secure cycle storage. A commitment from Northern Rail and its partners to build Leeds CyclePoint from their own resources and develop it as the hub of an integrated rail/cycle network was the major factor in the award. The programme funded by Cycling England covers improvements at over 100 stations in West Yorkshire. New lockers, Sheffield stands and cycle shelters are being installed, along with lighting and CCTV, so that passengers can be con?dent their cycles have been left in a secure environment. Discussions between Northern Rail and several councils are also underway, with the intention of creating new, staffed CyclePoints at a number of large stations across our network. The ultimate goal is for passengers going to cities and large towns to be able to ride to their station, leave their cycle, travel to their destination and then hire a bike to complete their journey, says Northern Rail Chief Operating Officer Steve Butcher. The projects currently being planned and already underway will be a major step in meeting Northern Rails stated aim of becoming the countrys ‘Leading train operator for cyclists. That ambition is rooted in Northerns commitment to ensure its services are accessible to as many people as possible. Over the past ?ve years, gradual improvements to cycle facilities at stations have been made and Northern has promoted cycling widely at community events. Cycling to stations has doubled in some areas of the network. However, the Cycling England grant, on top of the £700,000 investment in Leeds CyclePoint by the partners involved, is a major progression. Leeds CyclePoint itself will act as a focus for promoting rail/cycle integration through the way it looks and is run, as well as through its position as a hub station in Northerns rail/cycle network. Its about creating a Wow Factor, says Steve. That was one of the speci?c aims of the building design and the CyclePoint operating tender. The operating contract was won by Evans Cycles, whose bid included plans for a programme of demonstrations on cycling safety and cycle repair at Leeds station, and a commitment to promote cycling through its ‘Ride It accompanied cycle rides. The position of Leeds CyclePoint, just 10 metres from the station entrance, provided space to design an iconic building which would generate publicity through its appearance and the convenience of its location. In this way, the Dutch concept on which CyclePoint is based has been adapted by Abellio and tailored by Northern Rail to meet its priorities. For example, Evans Cycles work in promoting safety and cycling complements Northerns community projects to teach children about the dangers of trespassing on the railway and encourage them to see our services as the natural way to travel. Its a Dutch concept but the big thing for me is that we have given it the high pro?le that we wanted and tied it into our wider community rail strategy, says Steve. We have made sure it ?ts our business values and what we are trying to achieve as a company. CyclePoint at the heart of new secure cycling network STEVE BUTCHER, Chief Operating Officer, Northern Rail Mark Smith, Retail Director, Evans Cycles We are very excited to be involved with Leeds CyclePoint, which we see as a genuinely innovative project in the British cycling market and has the potential to help transform peoples modes of transport. We may never reach the Dutch levels of transport integration but that should not stop us aspiring to significantly improve the UKs levels of cycling and train use and accordingly reduce our dependence on the car. Our eyes were really opened as to what is possible on our recent trip to the Netherlands, where we were staggered at the scale of their cycle parking facilities at stations and how this has helped to massively increase bike journeys there. Leeds CyclePoint is the UKs first step in this direction and we hope it marks a big step forward for cycling in the UK. 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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