FAQ

How can I join Bike Belles?

Just connect with us on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, by email or come along to one of our activities. There is there is no membership as such. You can dip in and out of social media and activities as suits you.

We provide a positive, respectful space where walkers and cyclists can get and share useful information, gain skills and confidence and connect with us, each other and the wider, global walking cycling movement.

How far do your Social 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.

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When is your next bike maintenance workshop?

We hold these every few months at a variety of partner bike shops across the city. Check the Bike Maintenance workshop page for more information.

I’d like to start cycling in York, but am a bit nervous about cycling on the roads. Can you help?

Absolutely. Come along to one of our cake confidence sessions on the last Saturday of the month, free advice, bike loans and cycle training – guaranteed to get you more confident!

Also, we recommend the City of York Council’s Urban Skills training – only £5 for 90 minutes.

I’ve got an old bike I’d like to offer for recycling. Is there anywhere that recycles bikes in York?

Try Re Cycle Bikes on Walmgate.

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 here. Any other issues with walking cycling routes or facilities, you can email the Council Walking and Cycling Officer at walking.cycling@york.gov.uk and also report it to your local Councillor and the Executive Member for Transport, Andy Dagorne. All Councillor contact details here.

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 £15 refundable deposit to pay, unless you are disabled (in which case you may already have a radar key anyway as it’s the standard disabled toilet key).

I haven’t cycled for years. Can you help me get started?

Our Cake Confidence scheme is perfect for you. We can offer advice, tryouts, cycle confidence training and even a free bike loan for up to a month – all over cake at Cycle Heaven cafe! Email yorkbikebelles@gmail.com in the first instance.

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How do I find the best cycling routes around York?

There’s some great local maps and online planners available. Try the York Cycle Map or CycleStreets when planning specific journeys.

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:

York to Naburn

York to Beningbrough Hall

Scarborough to Hayburn Wyke

Harrogate to Ripley

Leeds to Saltaire

There is a selection of Easy Cycle Rides for Leisure in York here, and a map of the full Solar System Greenway route (Bishopthorpe to Riccall) here

Also, if you post on our Facebook page, our friendly online community may be able to help you find a route. We can also match you with a bike buddy, a local experienced cyclist, who can give you advice and cycle your route with you. Email yorkbikebelles@gmail.com.

More information about other cycling groups at https://www.itravelyork.info/cycling/cycling-community-groups-in-york/.

How about walking?

We run monthly walks as part of our Walking Book Group – all details at www.yorkbikebelles.community/walking-book-group.

York Health Walks has an extensive programme of walks – you can connect with them at https://www.facebook.com/yorkhealthwalks. And York Civic Trust has numerous local walks on their website at https://yorkcivictrust.co.uk/heritage/heritagetrails/.

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