CYCLING, walking and community groups are celebrating after successfully bidding for a £50,000 grant to create an Active Travel Hub in a Bradford district town.

Groups in Shipley including Margaret Carey Foundation, Capital of Cycling, Shipley Town Council and the Kirkgate Centre teamed up to put in a bid to West Yorkshire Combined Authority for a £50,000 grant to create an Active Travel Hub in Shipley to increase the provision of cycling and walking activities and to promote sustainable travel in the town.

Councillor Darren Parkinson, chairman of the Shipley Town Council’s Climate Emergency and Environment Committee, hailed the funding award for the town, saying it will add to making Shipley a town where people can travel safely and easily by foot or bike.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Shipley is set to be boosted after an award of a £50,000 grantShipley is set to be boosted after an award of a £50,000 grant (Image: Newsquest)

He said: “I am thrilled that we have been successful in our bid for this grant.

“This means we can build on our ambitions to make Shipley a place where people are able to travel safely and easily on foot or by bike.

“Shipley Town Council are committed to supporting walking and cycling as healthy and sustainable alternatives to using a car to travel locally.

“This funding will help us do more to encourage people to swap their car journeys to more environmentally friendly means of travel."

The Active Travel hub will be based in the centre of Shipley at Windsor Court behind Shipley Town Hall as part of a development with the Margaret Carey Foundation.

A member of staff will be recruited to help develop the hub and run cycling and walking activities such as bike maintenance training, led bike rides, e-bike and e-cargobike loan schemes, walking events and more.

Dave Robison, director of Capital of Cycling, says he is also delighted with the £50,000 funding boost, particularly as he is a resident in the town.

He said: "I’m delighted to have been involved in this bid, and to be working in partnership with Margaret Carey Foundation and a range of other local organisations that will be involved in helping the project develop.

“Personally as a citizen of Shipley, I'm also delighted - my kids and all the people of Shipley really can benefit from a town that better supports active travel, making walking and cycling more viable options for transport and leisure. “

Partner organisations are working together to get the Hub up and running and delivering services to the Shipley community in early 2023.


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