Cyclists in York and Münster are making links… Münster cyclists visited York in June 2023.
Bike tour from Münster to York Tuesday 6 June: Mayor Markus Lewe met the Münster cyclists at the Town Hall on the Principalmarkt and sent the group off on their journey with warm greetings to the partner city of York.
The group with 11 participants pedalled four stages of 60 to 90 km via Winterswijk, Arnheim and Utrecht to Rotterdam. The ferry continued overnight to Hull and from there it’s only 75km to York.
Friday 9 June: Final stage from Hull to York. The cyclists were met by their hosts at Millennium Bridge and at the nearby Get Cycling they had a chance to try a different type of wheels, the "circle cycle"!
Saturday 10 June: Reception at the Mansion House with a warm welcome and congratulations from the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress. The visitors' programme also included tours of the Minster and the city centre, meals together, free time, and of course more bike rides around and out of York. Tuesday 13 June: The cyclists set off for Hull, accompanied by two of the York cyclists as guides. All declared the trip to have been a great success. Friendships have been established and plans are being made for return visits!
Did you know Münster is called the cycling capital of Europe? York cyclists went to Münster in summer 2022.
In 2022, four York cyclists travelled by bike to our twin city in Germany, Münster, over four days, covering c 60-70 miles per day. They set off on 30 June 2022, from the Knavesmire, with Councillor Andy D'Agorne, City of York Council's Executive Member for Transport, to see them off and wish them well. Another group of York folk went by train to join them in Münster.
On arrival in Münster, all York delegates were welcomed by Münster hosts and stayed with them for the next few days. A programme of events included a reception with the Mayor in the beautiful Rathaus (the town hall), a city tour, and a guided tour of Münster’s fantastic cycle infrastructure.
We are indebted to our wonderful hosts - now friends - from the city of Münster. The York guests had a great few days exploring the Münsterland region and coming together with the Münster people after such a long wait.
On the final evening, everyone met in the old barracks of the British regiment in Münster, where they put on a feast to bid the visitors farewell. "Bis bald, Münster!" May this be the first of many visits!