Leeds today: taste, bikes, cinema, waterslides, paintings, festivals, beer, Blue Peter and indie shopping.

Friday! Hello!

Possibly as an effect of the London Olympics and now Le Tour coming to Yorkshire next year, or perhaps because people are finally beginning to realise that petrol cars have a limited life span, this week there has been a move towards increasing cycling across the country. In Leeds, Metro has announced a bid for government funding to become a ‘cycle city’. What are your thoughts on this?

In other transport news, HS2 is defended by the CEO of the firm responsible for the project. It’s not just householders who are affected by the route, but local independent businesses. I don’t see the route going through a Tesco car park, do you?

As mentioned on Wednesday, it’s Big Data Week until tomorrow, so just for you: data on station usage from The Guardian. Leeds has the third busiest station outside London, following Birmingham New Street and Glasgow Central. Betcha we’d come top for passengers arriving dressed as superheroes, though.

Last night was the launch of the Indie Street report. Did you know that we have more than 200 independent retailers in central Leeds? The City Talking breaks down some of the findings and in the continuing discussion of the changes resulting from the opening of Trinity, and more likely with the coming Victoria Gate, Culture Vulture asks: Poundland or Prada? It’s against this backdrop that Bird’s Yard is thinking that they might have to close, which would be a real blow to the city.

Multitasking as usual, the CV is also rethinking an arts space in Leeds Central Library. Get thee along to the IMAGINARIUM.

What’s your view on the Arena? We certainly seem to be getting some impressive acts (although not to my personal taste as yet).

The City Talking has a round-up of Leeds blogs. One of my personal favourites is South Leeds Life, and yes, it’s Friday, so sit down with a cuppa and enjoy South of the River.

CBBC has announced that it is taking a holiday in Leeds this summer, broadcasting shows like Blue Peter and Newsround from Millennium Square. Sweet.

Speaking of the summer (and autumn), Leeds List has given us a very useful list of festivals. Update your diaries, people.

But what’s on this weekend, you ask? Well, tonight sees Leeds Ladyfest cinema put on a screening of Hit So Hard: The life and near death story of Patty Schemel. Tomorrow is the Out of Yorkshire market at Granary Wharf. Alternatively, get all arty with the picture lending library. We like the idea of the picture lending library and it’s worth popping along just to see what you might be able to hang in your own home. If that’s too much then there’s the North Leeds Charity Beer Festival at St Aiden’s community hall, which has a theme – Yorkshire vs Scotland. Some cracking beers going on there.

Sunday is Penny University, the fab project of a BGL-er. Do come along and debate, discuss, mingle and consume more coffee than is good for you.

The Everyman Cinema in Trinity has properly opened now and having made the enormous sacrifice of trying it out for you, I’d recommend going at least once. You get sofas. With cushions. And little coffee tables. And you can take a glass of wine in. If anyone wants me, you know where I’ll be… [stretches out luxuriously]

Finally, I do hope it’s not the case, but should you be ending the week sick and tired of your job, just remember there are other, exciting options out there. You could, for example, be an Official Waterslide Tester. Or you could do what one Leeds Trinity University staffer did and enter The Best Job In The World competition to become a food taster around Western Australia for six months – and get through to the final 25! Well done Lisa and we hope you do really well in the final stages. Good on yer.

Have a great weekend! We’ll see you on Monday.

Edit: sorry, we messed up one of the links. It should be fixed now.

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