Once a keen cyclist, I was deterred by the hazardous conditions of cycling West Yorkshire roads. But some have stronger hearts than me, the county having produced several cycling champions over the years, probably due to the numerous hills they have to negotiate just to get home.
The area boasts several motorways and cities are multi-laned nightmares. Quite often, motorists simply don’t see you. Cycle lanes are shared with parked cars, taxis and buses, more a danger than a safety feature. Canal towpaths are often closed due to floods and there is one off-road route close to me dedicated to cyclists, but kids like to litter it with glass.
You’re getting the picture.
But undaunted, Yorkshire folk fight back! Here’s today’s community action inspiration:
Leeds cycling campaign is an inclusive group who are working to make cycling around a city fun again. There aim is to move from “motorway city of the ’70s to cycletopia”.
More community activity from our local area to inspire an undertaking of this week’s Eco-Warrior Challenge.
Martin Wainwright of The Guardian writes in more detail about the project.
And for advice on how to create your own community orchard, the Ecologist talks to Sue Clifford & Angela King who provide some advice from land acquisition to funding.
Featured Image: Photo taken at Bedford Fields, Leeds, West Yorkshire, a community forest garden.
“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.” (Sandra Carey)
Interested in permaculture, feeding a community or regenerative living and not sure where to start?
Use this menu to locate community action in West Yorkshire.
Download the Green Route Map here
To volunteer click here
To join in upcoming events click here
Leeds Permaculture Network
Bedford Fields Community Forest Garden, Woodhouse, Leeds
Details of who to contact to volunteer can be found here
The Green Exchange
For more information click here
For upcoming events and contact details: Edibles
The list will be amended over time – check back for additions.