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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Julian seeks meeting with Shepherd Group after closure announcement for Portastor of Huntington

Julian seeks meeting with Shepherd Group after closure announcement for Portastor of Huntington

I have today contacted local business the Shepherd Group, Portastor’s parent company, to request a meeting on the planned closure of this firm, so I can receive a detailed update on what this means for Portastor employees, and see if there is anything I can do to assist them at this difficult time. Portastor currently

Julian raises York youth mental health services in Parliament

Yesterday, Julian spoke about the importance of keeping waiting times for York’s youth mental...

York Press column – Action on climate change

No one following the news recently can have missed the growing prominence of climate...

Julian meets Minister for Children and Families to highlight Special Educational Needs pressures in York

Last week, Julian met with the Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi MP,...

Julian supports disabled cyclists from the York Cycle Campaign

November 26, 2018

Julian recently joined Jamie Wood and Jon Phillip, both members of the York Cycle Campaign, for a bicycle ride in the city centre. This opportunity allowed Julian to experience and gain a better understanding of the importance of cycling for people with disabilities and the access issues they face.

York Cycle Campaign aims to represent everyone who cycles in York. Their goal is to ensure that the facilities for cycling here make it safe, convenient and accessible for absolutely everyone.

The York Cycle Campaign highlights that although cycling is largely perceived as being an activity for fit, healthy and able-bodied people, cycling is increasingly being used as a convenient means of transport by people with disabilities, elderly people, and those of us with less than perfect levels of fitness. Nearly one in five people in the UK have a disability, and electric cycles in particular are opening up new opportunities to a wider range of people.

York cycle campaign member Jamie Wood explains why cycling provides him with a freedom that no other form of transport can match. “Multiple Sclerosis means I can no longer walk more than a few metres. Now cycling has become my main means of getting around and enables me to exercise and challenge myself. Last year I was able to attempt the Coast to Coast bike ride with the support of the disabled cycling charity Empowered People,”.

Fellow cycle campaign member Jon Phillip, finds that cycling enables him to be independent. “I have epilepsy and am not allowed a driving license. Cycling is a vital means of transport for getting to work, leisure (and domestic duties!). It’s lovely to have the freedom to be able to take the children to their activities and explore farther afield without having to rely on other people. Furthermore, cycling (with trains) has enabled me to have solo adventures and explore areas of Scotland, France and Wales which gives me a huge sense of independence and freedom.”

Commenting after the ride, Julian said: “Everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from and enjoy the freedom that cycling brings. I really commend York Cycle Campaign for the work they are doing to make cycling in York safer and more accessible, particularly for those with disabilities.

 It was a pleasure to meet both Jamie and Jon and learn more about how cycling has helped them maintain their freedom and independence whilst living with their conditions. It was also great to hear their views on what can be done to improve the cycling network around York for the benefit of all riders, no matter what their circumstance.”