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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Cycling and walking volunteers wanted to show off York the healthy way

Volunteers are needed for a programme of health walks and guided rides that also help show off the beauty of York.

The city council is keen to meet demand for its growing number of walks and cycle rides held regularly across York each week.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “This is a great opportunity to help people enjoy the outdoors and to show people more of this beautiful city.

“We have a fantastic team of volunteers who make such a difference to the lives of the people who regularly attend the health walks and rides around the city. The fresh legs we’re recruiting will help support these fun and enthusiastic groups through the spring and summer months.”

Volunteer walk leaders are being recruited to support the successful York Health Walks scheme, part of the national Walking for Health programme. The walks attract a wide range of participants who enjoy the regular outdoor exercise. Walking is at a gentle pace, suitable for most abilities and ages.

Volunteer ride supporters help to lead guided cycle rides around the city throughout spring, summer and autumn. These rides are particularly targeted at people who are new to cycling or have not cycled for a number of years. They make use of the cycle paths and quiet, traffic-free roads wherever possible and provide a safe and sociable environment in which to get cycling.

Full training and support is provided for both roles, and the commitment required from volunteers is flexible and can be tailored to an individual’s availability.

The next volunteer training day for ride supporters will be taking place on Wednesday 27 February, and for walk leaders on Friday 15 March. For further information, contact Sarah Prescott, Active Living Officer at City of York Council on (01904) 553377 or email

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