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[Image taken 1.3.23] CycleStreet, Layerthorpe, York. We need physical cycle shops. Many have closed in York but CycleStreets ( is seemingly thriving. It is just off the Foss Islands Path, close to five supermarkets and the city centre. Meaning, if you need to push a broken bike there, you can. If you need to take in a cycle that is ridable but requires repairs and which you wouldn’t like to ride on roads, you can.
While the cycle is in the workshop you have a range of options to fill the time. In addition to going back to the office, your home, on foot…
Or, if a friend with a trailer and a folding cycle is free, you can ride to the shop together, hand the cycle that needs work to staff and secure the trailer to the Sheffields outside. We shopped for groceries, headed home to unpack them, had a spot of lunch then headed back to pick up my repaired cycle and the trailer. As I say, we need physical cycle shops. But also motor traffic-free routes that are joined up, go where people need them to, and are well drained, smooth surfaced and not so steep or narrow they exclude anyone. And a trailer is always handy.

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