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Cycling in Leeds

Cycling starts here! Whether you’ve not been on a bike for years or are a keen cyclist, there is something for everyone. Take a look at the various initiatives and opportunities available across Leeds.​

HSBC UK Guided Rides

The HSBC UK Guided Ride programme is a partnership between Leeds City Council and British Cycling which provides a variety of local led rides as well as the HSBC UK City Ride Leeds event. All rides are free and are led by qualified ride leaders who will support you along your ride.

HSBC UK Guided rides come in three levels: easygoing, steady and challenging to suit your cycling ability.​

Easygoing - Not cycled for a while and looking for an easy way to get back in the saddle? Fancy a fun way to get your friends or kids riding? Easygoing rides are great for all abilities and ages, taking place along relaxed, mostly traffic-free routes.​

Steady - If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.

Challenging - You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you’ll need to be fairly fit to take part in Challenging rides. As well as covering a good distance, there may well be a few hills along the way! If you fancy a fresh challenge, these rides are perfect for you.

Find rides happening across Leeds via - simply input your postcode and take a look at your local opportunities.​ 


HSBC UK Ride Social and routes​

Can't make a ride, but want to try out a route, you can find all of the routes available via:  
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HSBC UK Breeze Bike Rides/Leeds Girls Can Pedal

We’ve teamed up with British Cycling and This Girl Can to bring women only bike rides to Leeds. These rides are delivered by Breeze Ride leaders who are there to lead the way and support you throughout your cycling journey, whether you ride regularly or just want to get back in the saddle. Find a ride near you! Visit the website: ​or External link opens in new windowLeeds Girls Can

Off-Road Biking

Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre offer off-road biking workshops suitable for complete beginners and those looking to improve their skills. There are several local trails to choose from to help enhance your off-road biking performance. (Suitable for those aged 16 and over).

The centre also run a Junior Biking Club for children aged 8 - 12. The club introduces children safely and confidently to steps which will improve their cycling skills and includes an insight into basic trailside maintenance.

Free bike hire with Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries

The Yorkshire Bank Bike libraries are up and running across Leeds in the local community, including Moor Allerton library, Reginald Centre, St. George’s Centre in Middleton. Think of a normal library, and now you can loan a bike in the same way! All you need is a library card and you’re ready to go for absolutely free! Find your nearest bike library External link opens in new windowhere

Develop your skills and find your local club!

There are a number of cycling clubs in Leeds which form a great network of cyclists, contacts for clubs can be found via the club search on External link opens in new windowBritish Cycling's website.​ 

Looking for cycle routes across Leeds?

There's a great cycling network in Leeds, meaning that it’s easier for you navigate your way around the City on wheels! For information about the cycle routes and highways information, go to Leeds City Council's External link opens in new windowCycling in Leeds ​webpage or visit West Yorkshire's External link opens in new windowCity Connect website.

Visit Leeds on your bike!

Looking to store your bike in Leeds, or want to find out about what’s happening in Leeds with regards to Highways, cycle to work schemes and Sustrans? Visit Leeds City Council's External link opens in new windowCycling webpage to find out more.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​