A fun new cycling and walking trail is to launch in Driffield to encourage people to follow a route around the town and solve a puzzle at the same time.
The eight-mile-long Driffield Code Breaker Trail directs cyclists and walkers on a circular route starting from outside Driffield Library and Customer Service Centre in Cross Street.
Dotted along the trail are 17 stops, each with a smiley-face bike wall anchor mounted – which people can use to lock their cycles – and all display a letter of the alphabet.
All 17 letters form an anagram and when rearranged they spell out a two-word phrase.
The locations of the stops include local businesses, recreation areas and key services around the town, including All Saints’ Church, Millennium Green, Driffield Skate Park, East Riding Leisure Driffield, Cass Hall and Driffield Showground.
The project has been jointly created by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s road safety and local growth teams, Driffield Town Council and the Driffield Tidy Team.
The trail will be officially launched during the school half-term holiday on Thursday 15 February at a road safety stand at Driffield Market in the town centre.
From 9am-3pm members of the council’s road safety team will be at the stand to hand out maps of the Driffield Code Breaker Trail and encourage families to follow the route that day and fill in the maps. By finding the letters on the route, cracking the code, and returning completed maps to the stand, they could collect a prize.
Guided rides, walks and runs of the trail will be taking place, the council’s sustainable travel team will also be at the stand promoting electric bikes, and the town’s policing team will be promoting bike security.
The purpose of the new trail is to promote active travel and encourage people to ride bikes and scooters, to walk or run the route.
It also provides the town with permanent bike lock points at prominent sites, that can be used at any time.
Similar trails have already been introduced in Pocklington, Market Weighton and Goole.
Councillor Paul West, the council’s cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “This is a fun new community project we’ve jointly set up and we’d love people to get on their bikes and scooters or walk the route to see where in Driffield it leads.
“It promotes active travel by encouraging people to get out and about, see sites in the town, and also gives people somewhere to lock their bikes.”
The 17 stops have been designed in a circular layout and can be started at any point along the route.