News release04 February 2014
Grants available to make the Peak District more cycle friendly
A new grant scheme has been launched to help make the Peak District National Park and surrounding area more welcoming for cyclists.
The Peak District National Park Authority is running the scheme to make it easier and more enjoyable for people to explore the area by bicycle and benefit the local economy.
From February 1, local businesses, parish councils and community groups can apply for financial help to improve facilities, equipment and services for cyclists.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available for improvements such as secure overnight cycle parking, bike locks at cafes, cycle racks at destinations, inner tube vending machines, street bike-tyre pumps, and even cycle friendly transport.
The fund could be also used by accommodation providers to meet Visit England's 'Cyclists' Welcome' standards or to create cycle routes that link up refreshment stops and other local businesses and attractions.
Community groups can apply for 70% of their project costs, whilst businesses can receive up to 60% of their total project costs.
Grants cannot be used for cycle training, promotional materials, guided rides or staff time.
Tony Favell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: "With world class cycling events on our turf such as L'Eroica in June and the Tour de France Grand Depart in July, we want cyclists to see that the Peak District offers a cycle friendly welcome par excellence and provides a top quality experience for all types of cyclists.
"We want to see more cycle friendly cafes, pubs and accommodation, bike shops and cycle parking in and around the Peak District. Investing in the business opportunities around cycling makes good economic sense and will help support a stronger, more vibrant rural economy.
"The end result should be more happy, healthy people – visitors and residents – enjoying cycling safely, more often, and benefiting local businesses."
People can apply for a grant at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/cyclegrantscheme
The first stage is to submit an expression of interest form. Successful proposals will be asked to submit a full application before being offered a grant.
More information is available from Richard Godley, Sustainable Development Officer, by phone on 01629 816312 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The grant scheme is part of the successful Pedal Peak II programme and is funded from the successful bid to the Department for Transport's Community Linking Places Fund which supports cycling in national parks.
In addition, cyclists can log their cycling goals and trips on a motivational website www.lovetoride.net/peakdistrict which offers a prize draw to those who complete their goals.