KEIGHLEY people are being urged to get on their bikes.

The plea has been issued by West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which is staging a Love to Ride online challenge through its CityConnect programme – aimed at encouraging more people to cycle and walk. Participants log their miles, set goals and can earn badges.

Organisers hope more people will saddle-up in celebration of Bike Week, which begins on Saturday (June 8).

Councillor Kim Groves, chairman of the combined authority’s transport committee, said: “Encouraging more of us to travel by bike or on foot not only boosts people’s health and saves individuals money, it also brings wider environmental and economic benefits.”

Among those backing the venture is student Maria Battul, who earlier this year took part in a 400-mile charity bike ride from Bradford to Roubaix.

“We need to encourage our communities to cycle more – not just for their own physical health but also as a way to relieve stress and for the environment too,” she said.

For more details about Love to Ride, visit