Getting Around The Local Area By Bike

Depending on how confident and fit a cyclist you are, there are a range of destinations that can be accessed by bike from Kingsbury Meadows.

Wakefield city centre can be reached in around ten minutes, where you’ll find an array of shops, cafes and restaurants. A journey to one of the three nearby train stations will take a similar amount of time. When you consider traffic and the time it can take to park, that is probably quicker than a journey by car!

Many local roads are lightly trafficked, with the West Yorkshire cycle map (see below) providing an easy way to identify the most suitable routes.

If you fancy a longer bike ride National Cycle Routes 6769 and 699 can all be reached within 30 minutes. All three routes have on and off-road sections and provide links with destinations such as Horbury, Stanley, Bottom Boat, Scholey Hill, Dewsbury and many more!

For more information on cycling in Leeds visit our useful cycling guides and resources page.

Planning a Journey by Bike

If you are unfamiliar with the local area and looking to plan a route by bike, an online route planner can be a really useful tool to use. You can enter your journey start point and end point and the route planner will display a number of route options on a handy map. Alongside easy to follow directions it will tell you how far the journey is, how long it will take, and even how hilly it is.

The West Yorkshire Interactive Cycle Map shows the regions comprehensive network of cycle routes but when used in combination with the City Connect Journey Planner also allows you to plan your journey from A to B. Simply enter your start and finish points and away you go!

Why cycle?

Cycling is rapidly growing in popularity, and through the CV19 pandemic has for many people become an essential travel option. Cycling has always, however, been a great way to travel around for those able to do so. It offers many personal benefits, such as improved health and cost savings. It also offers significant benefit to the environment and local community, helping to take cars off the road, reducing pollution and reducing congestion.

Cycling can also be a great commuter travel option. If you’re new to cycling or aren’t really sure where to starting with your cycle-commute then check out some of our handy guidance on buying a commuter bike, commuting by bike whatever the weather and the benefits of choosing to travel actively.