Easy Riders - For Those New/Returning to Cycling in Leeds

Would you like to cycle to work / college / the shops?

Don’t know where to start?

"Easy Riders" is our ride aimed at beginners and those returning to cycling happens every Saturday at 10.15am.  Everybody who feels like a short, steady, friendly ride on quiet streets or cycle paths is welcome.

Many people would like to cycle to work, school, college, to see a friend in another area of Leeds or to the shops but are a bit worried about safety, how to cycle on the roads, how to find their way around Leeds etc.

Our purpose is to help people become confident cycling around their local area of Leeds, whether to work, the shops, meet friends etc.  Confident cyclists are welcome too, but please remember the aim is to help new/returning cyclists so be ready for a slow, steady ride and be friendly/welcoming!

Clothes

We are not a cycling club!  No special sports clothes needed!  We don’t wear Lycra, have expensive sports bikes and costly clothing.  Wear whatever you feel comfortable in – jeans and a shirt/blouse is fine.

Everyone welcome! 

What Happens?

We cycle slowly and steadily a reasonable distance, typically 12-15 miles.

We always meeting at 10.15am on Saturday mornings (after checking everything is ready we set off at 10.30am).

If help is required, e.g. somebody has a puncture, we always stop to make sure the problem is fixed.  Nobody is left behind.

We always have a nice café stop for refreshments, and to talk about cycling matters, near the end or at end of the ride.

Resources

Leeds Cycle Map by Leeds City Council (available at many shops, the Pedallers Arms etc.)

Guide to starting cycling (http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/how-to-start-cycling/)

Guide to cycling to work (http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/top-tips-for-cycling-to-work-29900/)

Where

We aim to serve all areas of Leeds equally, wherever you live in Leeds you should be reasonably close to an Easy Riders start point.  Admittedly we haven’t always done this in the past.

We aim to have four reasonably central start points in the future (in general to provide for North, South, East and West Leeds):

  • The Hyde Park Blook Club (Hyde Park, LS6 1BL)
  • Holbeck (possibly the David Street Café, LS11 5WD)
  • Potternewton Park/East End Park (possible meeting at the Captain’s Table, LS9 8LH)
  • Kirkstall (possibly meeting at the canalside by Holly Bush Café, LS5 3BP)

 

  • We do cycle on quiet streets (yellow on the Leeds Cycle Map)
  • We do use cycle paths wherever possible (blue on the Leeds Cycle Map)
  • We don’t cycle miles in the hills.

  • We don’t cycle on busy roads / any roads above 30mph.

For example we often cycle on the canal towpath – this is a cycle route with a good surface, is free of cars and is very pleasant too.  It is an ideal way to get from one side of the Leeds to the other.  We use the other official cycle routes too e.g. to Meanwood Park and Middleton Park (both have nice cafés).

Photos of Previous Rides

[Middleton Park]

[Armley]

[Temple Newsam]

We ride at the pace of the slowest rider for a maximum of 15 miles - no-one is left behind, and there's a café stop either in the middle or at the end.  No special sports equipment or clothes are needed.

See the website Rides Calendar for more details of start location, route etc.

People gather from 10:15 and we start riding at 10:30.  Allow a couple of hours for a gentle, social ride, with a cafe stop either about half way round the ride or at the end. 

For more information have a look at the rides calendar, or contact the easy rides coordinator at easyrides@leedscyclingcampaign.co.uk.

Non-members are welcome to join in a couple of rides initially, but it's important for our insurance that most riders are paid-up members, please talk to your ride leader about joining Leeds Cycling Campaign, or join online here.
 

 

Easy Ride to Thwaite Mills (via Hyde Park and Armley)

Steve Jones will lead an easy, friendly ride to Thwaite Mills, stopping there at a nice café (which opens at 1pm).

Today's start points will be: Rounday Park (setting off at 10.30am), and The Hyde Park Book Club (LS6 1BL) (meet from 10.15 as usual, but today waiting for Steve Jones to arrive and setting off 11.00am approx).

Then on to the canal at Armley using this to get to the city centre and then on to Thwaite Mill riding on the new tarmac section of the transpennine trail in Hunslet and then we may double back on ourselves for possibly a coffee break at Granary Wharf.

Easy Ride - Middleton Park

Steven will lead an easy, friendly ride to Middleton Park and back, stopping at a nice café about half way round.

Today's start point will be The Hyde Park Book Club (LS6 1BL).

Today's finish point will be The Hyde Park Book Club (LS6 1BL).

As always we will be friendly and helpful, cycling steadily, no rush.  We will use quiet streets and cycle paths.  No special sports clothes or equipment needed!

Everyone welcome!

Easy Ride - Armley

Steven will lead an easy, friendly ride to Armley and back, stopping at a nice café about half way round.

Today's start point will be The Hyde Park Book Club (LS6 1BL).

Today's finish point will be The Hyde Park Book Club (LS6 1BL).

As always we will be friendly and helpful, cycling steadily, no rush.  We will use quiet streets and cycle paths.  No special sports clothes or equipment needed!

Everyone welcome!

Easy Ride - Cross Gates

Ursula will lead an easy, friendly ride to Cross Gates and back, stopping at a nice café about half way round.

Today's start point will be Roundhay Part at the junction of Lidgett Park Road and Princes Avenue.

As always we will be friendly and helpful, cycling steadily, no rush.  We will use quiet streets and cycle paths.  No special sports clothes or equipment needed!

See the planned route here (www.plotaroute.com/route/504005)

Everyone welcome!

Easy Ride - Farsley

Steven will lead an easy, friendly ride to Farsley and back, stopping at a nice café about half way round.

Today's start point will be The Hyde Park Book Club (LS6 1BL).

Today's finish point will be The Hyde Park Book Club (LS6 1BL).

As always we will be friendly and helpful, cycling steadily, no rush.  We will use quiet streets and cycle paths.  No special sports clothes or equipment needed!

Everyone welcome!

Stanningley Park

Easy Ride - Rawdon via Canal (with charity ride)

Ursula will lead an easy, friendly ride to Rawdon and back, using cycle paths, quiet streets and the canal towpath.  We will stop at a nice café around half way.

Today we will join another cycling group organised by the cohousing community LILAC who are riding to support a charity in Nicaragua.  Donations entirely optional.  More details below

Today's start point will be The Hyde Park Book Club (LS6 1BL), meet at 10.15am ready for a prompt 10.30am set off.

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