New cycle, skating and scooter hub planned for York – with café attached

Photograph: Wayne Bishop
19 Feb 2017 @ 7.21 pm
| Business, Food & drink, Shopping

A new hub for cyclists, scooterists, bladers and boarders is planned for York.

GoGet Riding, a family run business which organises coaching and play sessions for young cyclists, is proposing to open the shop, café and teaching resource on East Parade in Heworth.

Run by Andy Roe and his wife Helen, the hub would

  • be a meeting point and café
  • host coaching sessions
  • be the starting point for guided rides
  • sell balance bikes, entry level bikes, scooters, skateboards and accessories.

They are also hoping to provide regular coaching sessions and pop-up events in Glen Gardens, directly opposite the shop.

For the younger children using balance bikes, these would take place on the disused bowling green. Classes for older children using pedal bikes could use the hard surface available on the basketball court.

World of fun on wheels

The new shop would go where Style Flooring’s previous shop was on East Parade, opposite Glen Gardens. Photograph © Google Street View

In the planning application they state:

Our ambition is to create a cycle hub for all of Heworth, Tang Hall and Burnholme residents.

It would provide grassroots entry to the world of fun on wheels be that cycling, skating or scootering.

York planners have to decide whether to allow a change of use for the premises from purely retail to both retail and a café.

The shop previously housed Style Flooring, which has relocated further along East Parade.

Under the plans the GoGet hub would include a coffee counter and café area inside the shop as well as a small outside seating area.

GoGet Riding was set up in March 2015 with the idea of using Balance Bikes to get more people into cycling.

Since then it has provided coaching sessions for a number of local groups including both primary and secondary schools, Friends of Rowntree Park and the Tang Hall Big Local.