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Amanda Sowerby, UTravelActive

Chris volunteered with UTravelActive for well over a year.

UTravelActive was a partnership project between Sustrans and the universities and colleges in Leeds to get more staff and students walking and cycling.

Chris came on board with loads of enthusiasm for cycling and was eager to share this with others. He attended cycle mechanics and ride leader training and put these skills to use in the workshop and organising and leading bike rides.

He helped publicise our series of ‘inspiration’ talks and films, as well as various other information stalls and events, also turning up to lend a hand on the day; and worked with another volunteer on a totally new idea to plan, film and edit a series of route videos to show the best cycle routes from various student halls to campuses.

It was so useful to have a volunteer like Chris who had such a variety of skills to contribute and importantly was able to take an idea and run with it without needing to be overly-directed!