Cycling can be a fun, quick and cheap way to travel around Leeds, and it is also good for your health. Leeds has a network of cycle routes between different neighbourhoods to the city centre.

Many of the main roads in and out of Leeds city centre have cycle lanes or paths to help make cycling safer. They usually have a symbol of a bike painted on them.

More information about cycling in Leeds is on the Leeds City Council website, including maps:

Cycling in Leeds

City Connect is a project which aims to encourage people to travel by bike. It has a useful cycle map to help you plan cycling journeys in Leeds and across West Yorkshire:

City Connect Cycle Map

Staying safe

Traffic can get busy in Leeds, and although many people choose to cycle, you should be prepared and make sure you stay safe. Here are some tips:

  • Read the Highway Code for rules and advice cyclists should follow: Rules for Cyclists.
  • Use cycle lanes/paths if they are available.
  • Don’t ride through red traffic lights and don’t cycle on the pavement unless it’s a cycle path.
  • Wear a helmet and hi-visibility or reflective clothing to help you be seen.
  • Use lights in bad weather or at night.
  • Look after your bike – keep it clean, make sure tyres are well inflated and have a good tread. There are lots of bike shops in Leeds that can service your bike for you.
  • Cycle training courses are a good idea to help you practice, become confident and learn to be safe. Find out more about training for children and adults: Training – Cycle North

Leeds City Bikes by Beryl

Beryl Bikes has bikes you can borrow in Leeds. You use an app called Beryl to find and unlock them. It’s a good way to travel around the city for short trips. This helps reduce traffic and is better for the environment. It’s like renting a bike for a little while.

Find out more about how to hire a Beryl Bike here.

Last Updated: 28 May 2024

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