Community reporter Andy Brown has sent us this post on cycling and public transport in South Leeds:
I couldn’t help ponder what Morley’s cycle racing legend Beryl Burton would’ve made of new guidance from the National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE). Unheralded in her 60s & 70s heyday but now set for re-discovery after featuring in a Radio 4 drama, I reckon she’d have chuckled at NICE’s modest vision of walking and cycling for short journeys
Amid news too of bus user numbers declining in Leeds what does this heartily herald for South Leeds car-free commuting possibilities?
I’ve been making the daily journey by bike from home in LS8 to Tenants Hall in Middleton since mid September. And with winter looming I’m still optimistically committed to keep on cycling despite the descent of cold winds, rain and the probable onset of ice and snow.
Despite the 12/13 bus offering an apparently convenient connection between Roundhay – Middleton I’ve taken the option only a few times.
Apart from the hefty peak cost of a First Bus day rider, I can cover the eight-mile journey a good ten minutes quicker by bike .Valuing being in control of my own destiny; stop offs have even included home time forays into Hunslet’s splendidly under visited gem, the Garden Gate.
Admittedly time spent tidying up over a sink or showering at journey’s end does somewhat even out the advantage
Leeds Council’s sustainable transport department has coincidentally relocated to LS10. Their Middleton-Leeds centre cycle route is a useful starting guide although I use it selectively.
In particular I avoid the recommended wooded areas of Middleton Park in favour of the quieter, faster, better lit, mud-free backstreets of LS10. Middleton Park Avenue’s wide pavement however does offer the sort of pedestrian space-sharing more commonly seen in Northern Europe than across Leeds.