There is currently no member group in the Leeds area, and this website is now in a 'holding' mode pending further developments in West Yorkshire.
The Annual General Meeting of CTC West Yorkshire will be held at 13:30 on Sunday, November 1st 2015, at The Oddfellows Rooms, 3 Coleridge Street, Halifax HX1 2JF. On the agenda for the meeting will be a proposal from the committee that CTC West Yorkshire merge with CTC Calderdale, or should the latter decline, to be wound up. Present indications from Calderdale are that the merger will be approved, though that is, of course, a matter for their own AGM.
This step is being taken to reduce the administration costs and efforts of running two organisations, when only one is effectively active. CTC Calderdale is, formally, a group within CTC West Yorkshire. The latter group was retained to provide a 'home' for any informal CTC groups which may wish to form within the West Yorkshire area, but no group has emerged in recent years. In practice we have run West Yorkshire affairs within Calderdale for a number of years, and with one or two exceptions officers and committee of West Yorkshire have all been from Calderdale. The proposed merger would therefore result in little practical change. We would expect the programme of rides under the West Yorkshire banner to continue, though possibly differently 'branded'.
An invitation to members to comment, following the decision of last year's AGM to initiate change, has resulted in little comment outside the current active group membership.
It's important to recognise that, while Calderdale would take on responsibility for the whole of the CTC West Yorkshire area (roughly the West Yorkshire local authority area minus Kirklees and Wakefield) following a merger, the group does not have the resources to fully support areas outside Calderdale, though they would give encouragement and support to any group which may form there.
If you want to learn more, and/or to express an opinion, please join us for the AGM - you'll be most welcome.
West Yorkshire CTC is a member group of CTC, the national cycling charity. Through individual member groups and other organisers in the area, we run a programme of events from spring to autumn, from social events to some of the most challenging Audax events in the country.
Within West Yorkshire, Calderdale CTC provides a full programme of rides and social events for members in that area, centred on Halifax.
In Leeds, the Leeds Cycling Campaign - an affiliated club of CTC - not only campaigns to make Leeds a better place to cycle, but also organises rides at a variety of levels, from short rides on a Saturday morning for beginners or those returning to cycling, through an intermediate group providing day rides of 30-40 miles, to a group making longer excursions, occasionally in the summer quite challenging rides. If you're in or near Leeds, and looking for a more social aspect to your cycling, we recommend joining LCC. Not only will your modest fee put you in touch with people, rides and activities locally, but help to campaign on behalf of cyclists in the city for better cycling facilities.
You can find details of the rides programmes, and the organisations which provide them, by following the links on this website.