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Impact of Tour de France one year on

Impact of Tour de France one year on

Published at 3:59pm 6th July 2015. (Updated at 4:05pm 6th July 2015)

New research shows more people than ever are getting on their bikes in Yorkshire.

Figures from British Cycling have also revealed that many of them are riding at least once a week.

For the same period nationally, cycling participation has dropped by 50,000 people.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "To think it's exactly a year since the world's greatest bike race came to this county is scarcely believable, but I'm extremely proud of the impact the Grand Départ has had on Yorkshire.

"You only have to look at Yorkshire's roads to see more people have taken to cycling in the county and these new figures are confirmation of just how much Yorkshire wants to be the cycling of capital of Europe.

"The Grand Départ last year, and the Tour de Yorkshire this year, have proven to be just as inspirational as we hoped they would be."

Meanwhile, figures from North Yorkshire County Council show that nearly 60 cyclists have been involved in a crash whilst riding the Grand Départ route since it was announced in October 2013.

However, the overall number of accidents on the route this year has fallen compared to previous years.

Road safety officer Fiona Ancell has been speaking to Stray FM about the casualty figures: