<P>Cycling remains a minority form of transport in the UK accounting for just 2 of journeys. However, for the past two years, it has been clear that attitudes towards cycling have been changing. Increased government funding has been made available for cycling facilities as the public and politicians have recognised that it is good for peoples health and the environment, reduces road congestion and makes cities more pleasant places to live. Of course, its a very enjoyable way to travel too. In the Netherlands, these bene?ts have led to cycling becoming part of the national way of life. Nearly 30 of all journeys are made by bicycle and an astonishing 40 of rail passengers cycle to their local station. Abellio has looked carefully at the Dutch approach to catering for cyclists at railway stations, and this has enabled us to adapt tried and tested strategies for the UK market. The way we actively welcome cyclists at our UK train operating companies and have improved facilities for them has been recognised by passengers and stakeholders alike. Last year both Northern Rail and Merseyrail won the status of Demonstration Operators and were granted funding by Cycling England to roll out their respective visions for improved cycle/rail facilities on their networks. The right project at the right time Best amenities Now we believe the time is right to take the facilities our franchises provide for cyclists to a new level. CyclePoint is based on the best amenities at Dutch stations and adapted for the UK. Essentially, CyclePoint provides a secure, staffed storage facility which has been tailored speci?cally to the needs of rail passengers. CyclePoint staff provide a rapid service to customers to ensure they catch their trains, and screens in the building show real time rail travel information. Repair services, equipment sales and cycle hire are also available. In short the service is designed to overcome a wide range of issues that can deter people from cycling to the station. CyclePoints could be suitable on many large stations on the Northern network and, indeed, across the country. We selected Leeds for the launch of the new concept because the pro-cycling trends that have been apparent throughout the UK are particularly evident in the city. Cycling in Leeds has doubled over the past decade, and as a modern, vibrant city with a large student population, it is likely that cycling will become increasingly popular. The city council plans to introduce radial cycling routes from the suburbs into the city centre by 2011 and two of these will pass the station area. A further advantage to launching CyclePoint at Leeds is that the city has been selected as a pilot for the Department for Transports station travel planning initiative aimed at improving station access through stronger integration with other transport modes. CyclePoint is clearly complementary to this project. New option As well as providing much more attractive and secure storage, CyclePoint offers a bicycle hire facility - opening up a completely new option for rail passengers to continue their journey from Leeds station. In this way it will deliver an integrated rail/cycling service for our customers, and also offer new travel choices to bus passengers on routes which pass the station - or indeed to anybody within the city centre. CyclePoint has been tailored to the needs of the Northern Rail franchise and will act as the hub of its wider Bike ‘n Ride scheme which will cover over 100 stations in the Leeds City region. Leeds Cycle- Point will be supported by satellite facilities at Skipton, Harrogate, Bradford and other stations. These facilities will help passengers across a broad section of our network to be able to start and ?nish their journeys by bicycle without having to take their bikes on increasingly crowded trains. Lord Tony Berkeley, Chairman, All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group very much welcomes the new Leeds CyclePoint at the station. It will provide what many cyclists want - an integrated and secure parking and storage area, with a repair facility and a cycle shop. The Group visited several of these during a visit to the Netherlands last year and were impressed with the popularity of these facilities at stations. We hope that the Leeds one will be the first of many in the UK. Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP Its vitally important we make the beginning and end of peoples journeys as simple as possible - thats the couple of miles from home to station - so that the bike and train option becomes as easy as jumping in our cars for long journeys. More and more commuters are wanting to cycle to and from the station which is why expansion of cycling facilities, like this Government funded project in Leeds, are so important. And of course better cycling facilities at stations not only helps tackle congestion and promote rail travel, but will also help people develop healthier lifestyles and protect the environment. </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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