Your committee

The Campaign is organised by a committee. Your committee members for 2024-25 are listed below. To email them use their position name given between brackets in the format <position>@leedscyclingcampaign.co.uk.

OFFICERS

Chair (chair)

Currently the Campaign is without a named Chairman, but a small group of Committee members are taking it in turn to chair meetings.

 

Tony Read  -  Vice Chair (vicechair)

Tony has stepped into this co-ordinating role with the aim of getting the Campaign to function more effectively.  See biographical info under 'Treasurer'.

 

David Miller - Secretary (secretary)

David joined the Committee in 2023.

 

Tony Read - Treasurer (treasurer)

Tony has been cycling around Leeds for work, leisure and general utility purposes for at least 25 years.  He’s glad the number of cyclists is increasing but dismayed at the lack of quality, joined-up provision for them.  Having also cycled in various parts of Europe, especially the Netherlands, he knows how much better things could be.  He's also concerned about air quality, driver behaviour, and the serious threat of climate change.

 

Ursula Kingel - Membership Secretary (membership)

Ursula has been a member of the Campaign for several years and mainly cycles as part of day-to-day life.  "Although I have seen improvements in cycle facilities in Leeds since I moved here over 20 years ago," she says, "there is clearly much more to do and the progress seems to have been relatively slow. The commitment and hard work that others have put into the campaign has made me want to give something back.  Occasionally I lead easy and intermediate rides, but want to cater for people who aren’t necessarily confident cyclists or into pushing themselves to ever-increasing distances and speeds!  The more cycling can become an ordinary way of life for a wider range of people, the more we have a realistic prospect of achieving the Campaign’s aims."

 

ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Martin Stanley

Martin has lived in Leeds for over 10 years an has been a member of Leeds Cycling Campaign for nearly all of that time. In this period, the provision for cycling in Leeds has greatly increased, although we still have a long way to go. He has recently invested in a Dutch cargo bike, and is also involved in the Greenside Greenway project in Pudsey. Martin attends the Leeds Cycle Forum Infrastructure subgroups on behalf of the Campaign. 

 

David Miles

David has been a committee member for a couple of years and is keen to support more people to discover the joys of cycling for commuting, daily living and leisure.  He had no idea when he was given a second-hand Raleigh bike 30 years ago that it would lead to trips to climb Mont Ventoux, Col de la Bonette, Alpe d'Huez, Col du Galibier, cycling from Lands End to John O' Groats and many more memorable adventures and great friendships.

He has a strong interest in campaigning for better cycling facilities in the city as part of a commitment to more sustainable and inclusive living.

 

Sarah Irwin
Sarah writes: "I have lived in Leeds for around 30 years, love cycling and am cycling more than ever – both for fun and for commuting to work. I joined Leeds Cycling Campaign quite recently as it means that I can link my love of cycling and my desire to make a difference, through campaigning for good infrastructure and seeking effective ways to increase cycling and reduce the need for car-use in Leeds.  I am also interested in cycling for all, ensuring that the diverse voices of those who might cycle, but don’t, are heard and acted on."
 
 

Steven Smith

Steven believes the campaigning Leeds Cycling Campaign does is very important - see manifesto.  Climate Change is an increasingly serious problem and helping ordinary people to shift from car use to cycle use is an important environmental contribution.  The Urban Easy Rides Steven organises support new and returning cyclists to become confident in cycling in all areas of Leeds.  These rides use quiet streets and cycle ways, no special equipment or clothes required.  See the website Social Rides Calender for details. 

 

John McDermott

John joined the Committee in 2024.

 

The following people are no longer on the Committee, but we continue to call on their expertise from time to time:

Barry Hughes - Intermediate and Long Rides Co-ordinator (longrides)

Barry has now stood down from the Committee but we've kept him on this page for the time being because he is continuing to fulfil the important role of Intermediate and Long Rides Co-ordinator.  Barry cycle-commuted to school and work in Leeds for 53 years before retiring and joined the precursor to LCC, the Leeds Cycling Action Group, in about 2000.  He was treasurer for 10 years and now co-ordinates the long social rides. He sees that LCC has an important job to do in helping the many deprived citizens of Leeds, that is - deprived of the sheer heart-thumping thrill of cycling just because they are ‘frightened of the traffic’.  That is besides being deprived of the convenience, health, psychological, monetary and environmental advantages.

 
Les Webb
Longstanding cycle campaigner Les takes an interest in all things cycling, is an active member of Sustrans and co-ordinates the Northern Cycle-Rail Forum.
 

 

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