Traffic free greenways are unique spaces for commuting, leisure trips and for experiencing wildlife whilst travelling by foot, bike, or wheelchair. A well maintained surfaced pathway within a green corridor, typically a disused railway line, wide enough to allow users to pass and where gradients are kept to a minimum to suit all levels of fitness. They are best understood by experiencing them first hand with nearby examples including the Aireborough Greenway (Yeadon to Guiseley), the Nidderdale Greenway (Harrogate to Ripley) and The Harland Way (Spofforth to Wetherby).
The Pool-in-Wharfedale, Otley, Menston and Burley-in-Wharfedale cycleway feasibility study was originally prepared by Sustrans in 2010 and revised in 2014 on behalf of the four local councils'. The brief was to assess the scope for improving walking and cycling routes to, through and around the towns.