How can I join Bike Belles?
Just connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In, by email or come along to one of our activities. There is no membership. You can dip in and out of social media and activities as suits you.
We provide a positive, respectful space where people who wish to walk, cycle and adopt an active outdoor lifestyle can receive and share useful information, gain skills and confidence and connect with us, each other, the natural world and the global walking cycling and nature movement.
How can I keep up to date with your work?
How far do your Rides go?
Usually not more than one hour each way, a distance of 8 – 15 miles. We go at a steady pace with breaks and make sure that everyone can keep up. This makes these rides suitable for people of most ages and abilities.
I’d like to start cycling in York, but am a bit nervous about cycling on the roads and/ or I haven’t cycled for years! Can you help?
Book on our Cake Confidence start cycling scheme* with a four-week programme of free advice, bike loans, buddying and cycle training – guaranteed to get you more confident! Enquire by emailing email@example.com.
Also, we recommend the City of York Council’s Urban Skills training.
*From July 2021, Cake Confidence is on hold until we source long-term funding.
I’ve got an old bike I’d like to offer for recycling. Is there anywhere that recycles bikes in York?
I want to report/ complain about an obstruction or other problem on a walking or cycling route in York. What can I do?
You can report any road, pavement or walking cycling route problem to City of York Council online. Any other issues with walking cycling routes or facilities, you can email the Council at firstname.lastname@example.org and also report it to your local Councillor and the Executive Member for Transport, Cllr. D’Agorne. All current Councillor contact details here.
If you’d like to get involved in campaigning for safe, convenient and accessible infrastructure and facicilities around the city, try York Cycle Campaign.
How can I find out if walking and cycling paths have been gritted during the colder months and/ or the riverside paths are flooded?
Some of the most popular walking and cycling paths are now gritted by a “baby gritter” over the winter at the same time as the road network, including the city centre riverside paths, Millennium and Scarborough Bridges, Foss Islands Path and the Greenway across the Knavesmire to York College.
There is now a very useful Is it flooded website that shows which riverside paths are flooded after heavy rains, and when they are clear, with Twitter alerts @FloodsYork. Thank you to Richard Lane for creating this excellent tool, for free!
We suggest you also follow the York cycling community on Twitter to keep up to date with the state of the cycling network @yorkbikebelles @yorkcycle @itravelyork and, of course, @yorkgritter.
How do I open a gate on a cycle path (for a trailer or wider bike)?
You can get hold of a key for the radar lock gates on cycle routes by visiting City of York Council reception desk at West Offices. There is a form to fill out and a refundable deposit to pay, unless you are disabled. Or you can buy a radar key online – it’s the standard disabled toilet key.
How do I find the best cycling routes around York?
The Slow Tour of Yorkshire routes are easy cycling day trips from York, 2 go directly from York (to Naburn and Beningbrough Hall), and 3 others are at the end of a short train journey (Scarborough, Harrogate, Leeds). Detailed maps are on the links below:
We may be able to match you with a bike buddy, a local experienced cyclist, who can give you advice and cycle your route with you. Email email@example.com.
How about walking?
We run monthly walks as part of our Walking Book Group, and regular Nature Walks. And why not try our new Nature Time Routes? We can offer a walking buddy as part of our led walks. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
York Health Walks has an extensive programme of led walks. The local Move Mates scheme offers a local walking buddy and St Nick’s Ecotherapy programme offers group activities and one-to-one support with getting outdoors in a natural environment and improving your wellbeing.
Finally, there’s a number of walking maps for York. You’ll find some on the following links:
South Bank History Walk, with audio trail