”I think having less cars on the road and improving air quality in Leeds is a good thing for our children.”

Bobak is a new dad, which has reinvigorated his motivation to take up more active travel and help reduce pollution.

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An image of a cyclist cycling in Leeds

I represent the Green Party in Chapel Allerton so it really is no great shock that I am passionate about issues like reducing pollution. As a new dad, I often think having less cars on the road and improving air quality in Leeds is a good thing for our children.

One of the joys of riding my bike means I get to experience and feel the seasons change. All cyclists will agree that you notice more, you’re aware of life and the community around you. Naturally you have to be alert when riding a bike on the roads, but you’re very much part of the environment when you ride in it, compared to when you drive.

The cycle route from Chapel Allerton into town and through Sheepscar junction has changed a lot in recent years. It’s a decent route and the infrastructure has been improved which makes it easier to get around. It helps make cycling a real option for people when they commute in and out of the city.

“One of the joys of cycling is that it brings a certain state of mind – you feel human again”

If you’re considering cycling and not sure, I’d suggest trying out a practice run, early on a Sunday morning when there’s less traffic and it’s more peaceful. It will give you the chance to get to know your route without having to worry about work. You can identify any parts that might make you feel uncomfortable and have the time to plan how you’ll negotiate it or avoid it without any pressure.

One of the joys of cycling is that it brings a certain state of mind – you feel human again – and refreshed! And once my little one is big enough, I’m really looking forward to taking them out on my bike too.

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An image of a cyclist cycling in Leeds