Easy Riders - For Those New/Returning to Cycling in Leeds

Would you like to cycle to work / college / the shops?

Don’t know where to start?

"Easy Riders" is our ride aimed at beginners and those returning to cycling happens every Saturday at 10.15am.  Everybody who feels like a short, steady, friendly ride on quiet streets or cycle paths is welcome.

Many people would like to cycle to work, school, college, to see a friend in another area of Leeds or to the shops but are a bit worried about safety, how to cycle on the roads, how to find their way around Leeds etc.

Our purpose is to help people become confident cycling around their local area of Leeds, whether to work, the shops, meet friends etc.  Confident cyclists are welcome too, but please remember the aim is to help new/returning cyclists so be ready for a slow, steady ride and be friendly/welcoming!


We are not a cycling club!  No special sports clothes needed!  We don’t wear Lycra, have expensive sports bikes and costly clothing.  Wear whatever you feel comfortable in – jeans and a shirt/blouse is fine.

Everyone welcome! 

What Happens?

We cycle slowly and steadily a reasonable distance, typically 12-15 miles.

We always meeting at 10.15am on Saturday mornings (after checking everything is ready we set off at 10.30am).

If help is required, e.g. somebody has a puncture, we always stop to make sure the problem is fixed.  Nobody is left behind.

We always have a nice café stop for refreshments, and to talk about cycling matters, near the end or at end of the ride.


Leeds Cycle Map by Leeds City Council (available at many shops, the Pedallers Arms etc.)

Guide to starting cycling (http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/how-to-start-cycling/)

Guide to cycling to work (http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/top-tips-for-cycling-to-work-29900/)


We aim to serve all areas of Leeds equally, wherever you live in Leeds you should be reasonably close to an Easy Riders start point.  Admittedly we haven’t always done this in the past.

We aim to have four reasonably central start points in the future (in general to provide for North, South, East and West Leeds):

  • Leeds Art Gallery, the Headrow (LS1 3AA)
  • Holbeck (possibly the David Street Café, LS11 5WD)
  • Potternewton Park/East End Park (possible meeting at the Captain’s Table, LS9 8LH)
  • Kirkstall (possibly meeting at the canalside by Holly Bush Café, LS5 3BP)


  • We do cycle on quiet streets (yellow on the Leeds Cycle Map)
  • We do use cycle paths wherever possible (blue on the Leeds Cycle Map)
  • We don’t cycle miles in the hills.

  • We don’t cycle on busy roads / any roads above 30mph.

For example we often cycle on the canal towpath – this is a cycle route with a good surface, is free of cars and is very pleasant too.  It is an ideal way to get from one side of the Leeds to the other.  We use the other official cycle routes too e.g. to Meanwood Park and Middleton Park (both have nice cafés).

Photos of Previous Rides

[Middleton Park]


[Temple Newsam]

We ride at the pace of the slowest rider for a maximum of 15 miles - no-one is left behind, and there's a café stop either in the middle or at the end.  No special sports equipment or clothes are needed.

See the website Rides Calendar for more details of start location, route etc.

People gather from 10:15 and we start riding at 10:30.  Allow a couple of hours for a gentle, social ride, with a cafe stop either about half way round the ride or at the end. 

For more information have a look at the rides calendar, or contact the easy rides coordinator at easyrides@leedscyclingcampaign.co.uk.

Non-members are welcome to join in a couple of rides initially, but it's important for our insurance that most riders are paid-up members, please talk to your ride leader about joining Leeds Cycling Campaign, or join online here.


Easy Riders Plus!

Jon will lead today's Easy Riders Plus! cycle ride to Morley.

Easy Riders Plus! are the 'step-up' rides for those who would like to try going just a little bit further than the normal Easy Rides which will also be running today.

Come and take our pick between the rides!  Everyone welcome!

Easy Riders Plus! - Rothwell

Easy Riders Plus! will take you somewhere new today - the cafe in Springhead Park, Rothwell, led by Jon.

NEW! - See the route in advance by clicking here

Remember on the first Saturday of every month now gives you a choice of rides, either the well-established Easy Ride of about 15 miles or the new Easy Rides Plus! of about 25 miles.

Easy Riders Plus!

Happy New Year!

John M will lead the Easy Riders Plus! to Wetherby on Saturday 2 January 2016.

There will also by the usual Easy Riders on the same day at the same time.  As a reminder - the Easy Riders goes about 15 miles and is intended to help for those beginning or returning to cycling, or those just simply wanting an easy friendly short rride.  Easy Riders Plus! has been created upon demand as a little step-up for those wanting to go just a little bit further and faster.

Why note come along and take your pick?  Everyone welcome!

Easy Riders Plus!

Steven will lead the third Easy Riders Plus! to Rothwell.

Today - due to December being cold so we expect fewer riders we have merged the Easy Ride and Easy Ride Plus! together into one ride that is inbetween - about 20 miles.  We have a new destination - this is the first time we will have taken the Easy Rides significantly south of the river, to Rothwell.

Easy Riders Plus!

Jon will lead the 2nd Easy Riders Plus! ride to an interesting new destination, probably with a nice cafe.

The Easy Rides Plus! have been arranged due to popular request for a 'step-up' ride that is a little longer than the approximately 15 miles of the established Easy Ride.  Come along and choose which ride you would like to go on!