The Campaign is organised by a committee. Your committee members for 2023-24 are listed below. To email them use their position name given between brackets in the format <position>@leedscyclingcampaign.co.uk.
Currently the Campaign is without a named Chairman, but a small group of Committee members are taking it in turn to chair meetings.
Vice Chair - Vacant (vicechair)
Jon Farley - Secretary (secretary)
Jon took over the role of Secretary in 2022. He writes "I got back into cycling thanks to the dreadful Leeds buses in the 90’s and my 2 hour journey which became 35 minutes on the bike. I was sceptical at first and didn’t think I’d stick with it but my bike is my first choice for getting around Leeds and beyond. I want to make Leeds as close to Copenhagen as possible – so a bit of a dreamer!
The bad news – Leeds is way behind on cycle infrastructure. The good news – cycling in Leeds is much more popular and the council is catching up, but there’s still a lot to do. As Secretary I aim to help the campaign run as smoothly as possible."
Tony Read - Treasurer (treasurer)
Tony has been cycling around Leeds for work, leisure and general utility purposes for at least 25 years. He’s glad the number of cyclists is increasing but dismayed at the lack of quality provision for them. Having also cycled in various parts of Europe, especially the Netherlands, he knows how much better things could be. He's also concerned about air quality, driver behaviour, and the serious threat of climate change.
Ursula Kingel - Acting Membership Secretary (membership)
Ursula has been a member of the Campaign for several years and mainly cycles as part of day-to-day life. "Although I have seen improvements in cycle facilities in Leeds since I moved here over 20 years ago," she says, "there is clearly much more to do and the progress seems to have been relatively slow. The commitment and hard work that others have put into the campaign has made me want to give something back. Occasionally I lead easy and intermediate rides, but want to cater for people who aren’t necessarily confident cyclists or into pushing themselves to ever-increasing distances and speeds! The more cycling can become an ordinary way of life for a wider range of people, the more we have a realistic prospect of achieving the Campaign’s aims."
Steven believes the campaigning Leeds Cycling Campaign does is very important - see manifesto. Climate Change is an increasingly serious problem and helping ordinary people to shift from car use to cycle use is an important environmental contribution. The Urban Easy Rides Steven organises support new and returning cyclists to become confident in cycling in all areas of Leeds. These rides use quiet streets and cycle ways, no special equipment or clothes required. See the website Social Rides Calender for details.
Barry Hughes - Intermediate and Long Rides Co-ordinator (longrides)
Barry has now stood down from the Committee but we've kept him on this page for the time being because he is continuing to fulfil the important role of Intermediate and Long Rides Co-ordinator. Barry cycle-commuted to school and work in Leeds for 53 years before retiring and joined the precursor to LCC, the Leeds Cycling Action Group, in about 2000. He was treasurer for 10 years and now co-ordinates the long social rides. He sees that LCC has an important job to do in helping the many deprived citizens of Leeds, that is - deprived of the sheer heart-thumping thrill of cycling just because they are ‘frightened of the traffic’. That is besides being deprived of the convenience, health, psychological, monetary and environmental advantages.
Ordinary Committee Members:
Martin Stanley - Infrastructure Liaison
Martin has lived in Leeds for over 10 years an has been a member of Leeds Cycling Campaign for nearly all of that time. In this period, the provision for cycling in Leeds has greatly increased, although we still have a long way to go. He has recently invested in a Dutch cargo bike, and is also involved in the Greenside Greenway project in Pudsey. Martin attends the Leeds Cycle Forum Infrastructure subgroups on behalf of the Campaign.
David has been a committee member for a couple of years and is keen to support more people to discover the joys of cycling for commuting, daily living and leisure. He had no idea when he was given a second-hand Raleigh bike 30 years ago that it would lead to trips to climb Mont Ventoux, Col de la Bonette, Alpe d'Huez, Col du Galibier, cycling from Lands End to John O' Groats and many more memorable adventures and great friendships.
He has a strong interest in campaigning for better cycling facilities in the city as part of a commitment to more sustainable and inclusive living.