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Leicester city centre from Gallowtree Gate. Looking towards the clock tower. Photo by G-Man April 2005

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Leicestershire ( (listen) LEST-ər-sheer, -⁠shər; postal abbreviation Leics.) is a ceremonial and non-metropolitan county in the East Midlands, England. The county borders Nottinghamshire to the north, Lincolnshire to the north-east, Rutland to the east, Northamptonshire to the south-east, Warwickshire to the south-west, Staffordshire to the west, and Derbyshire to the north-west. The border with most of Warwickshire is Watling Street, the modern A5 road.

Leicestershire takes its name from the city of Leicester located at its centre and administered separately from the rest of the county. The ceremonial county – the non-metropolitan county plus the city of Leicester – has a total population of just over 1 million (2016 estimate), more than half of which lives in the Leicester Urban Area.

Climate action[edit | edit source]

See List of climate assemblies, Leicester

Communities online[edit | edit source]

Leicestershire Villages

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Green Fox Community Energy, Leicester and Leicestershire's sustainable energy co-operative

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

The Leicester Bike Park is a bicycle parking facility in Leicester Town Hall, England. It is managed by the City Council.

Facilities include secure bike parking, showers, changing rooms, lockers, and advice.

The Bike Park was developed as the result of research into public attitudes to cycling, carried out by Groundwork Leicester and Leicestershire (then trading as Environ) in the 1990s. These studies showed that, in addition to the need for safe cycle routes, the lack of secure bike parking and changing facilities for commuters were barriers preventing people from cycling. The Bike Park was opened in 1997.

Through the Bike Park and other initiatives, Leicester City has seen an 81% growth in commuter cycling (2004 to 2009) and the average daily number cycle journeys in the city has grown to 10,500.

Cycle City, information from Leicester City Council - Cycling in Leicestershire, information from Leicestershire County Council

Maps: Cycling Maps, from Leicestershire County Council

Ethical consumerism[edit | edit source]

Just... Fairtrade, Leicester

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Leicestershire Food Links, information on Farmers' Markets

Maps: Market Harborough Local Food and Drink Map

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

Freeuse Leicestershire If you don't use it, Freeuse it!

Rural sustainability[edit | edit source]

Leicestershire Rural Partnership - Rural Community Council (Leicestershire and Rutland)

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source], part of the lifstshare network - Transport and Streets, information from Leicester City Council, includes information on cycling, buses and walking in Leicester

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Authors: Coalville CAN, May 23, 2022

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Events[edit | edit source]


March 22 Greenlight Festival, Leicester's festival of sustainable living

June 22 Loughborough BIG Family Bike Ride

June 29 BIG Family Bike Ride @ Coalville Picnic in the Park

News and comment[edit | edit source]


Coalville woman's design goes viral after putting town on the map, Apr 23[1]


Lessons from Leicester - how one city is making space for cycling, Nov[2]

Market Harborough tops State of the Town sustainability report, Mar 1[3]


Lessons from Leicester … the UK's unlikely new poster city for cycling, November 26[4]

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External links[edit | edit source]

  • Leicestershire W
  • b-inspired, "developing successful neighbourhoods in Leicester, and providing the services and support needed to embrace and nurture talent and potential in our exciting and diverse communities."

References[edit | edit source]

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