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National Cycle Network in Yorkshire receives Open Country award for disabled access - Sustrans

Yorkshire-based charity Open Country has presented our North team with a prestigious award for our contribution to improving disabled access across Yorkshire.

Group of cyclists in high vis vests in park credit: Antony Oxley, Sustrans
Group of cyclists in high vis vests in park credit: Antony Oxley, Sustrans

Open Country’s Good Access Scheme award celebrates efforts to open up more accessible routes for walkers and cyclists.
Award-winning National Cycle Network route

Our team in Yorkshire completed an extension of the cycle path from Thorp Arch to Newton Kyme creating a 6 km traffic-free route linking Wetherby and Newton Kyme.

Their project on Route 69 of the National Cycle Network has also connected Castleford and Wakefield Greenway providing people with 16km of accessible paths.

Our Head of Network Development, Mike Babbitt and Rosslyn Colderley, Director for England North attended a virtual award ceremony.

It was hosted by members of Open Country's Tandem Club who have benefited from our work.

Our commitment to creating paths for everyone

Rosslyn says: "It was a real pleasure to receive this award from some of the people who use and enjoy the National Cycle Network. We are very proud of what has been achieved already. And we're determined to continue our work with renewed enthusiasm because we can see the difference it is making to the lives of people with a disability. 2020 has proven that access to outdoor spaces is crucial to people's wellbeing. And yet something as simple as a barrier or style could prevent young families and people who are older or disabled from getting to their local green spaces and from moving actively and sustainably around their neighbourhoods. We are committed to creating paths for everyone across the National Cycle Network to ensure no one feels excluded from accessing our routes and people can enjoy the outdoors safely."

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