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National Parks join up with leading sustainable transport charity Sustrans

This is an archived press release

Monday 19 September 2005

19 September 2005

National Parks join up with leading sustainable transport charity Sustrans

Sustrans, the UK's leading sustainable transport charity, has teamed up with the National Park Transport Officers Group to encourage visitors to National Parks to make the journey to and around them as environmentally friendly as possible - by bike, foot or public transport. The partnership was launched through the signing of an Alliance Agreement on Friday 16 September 2005.

To mark the occasion the National Parks Transport Officers Group Chair Jim Dixon sent off cyclists from Callow Top camp site near Ashbourne, who were on their way by bike to Preston from Cambridge, helping to celebrate the National Cycle Network 10,000 miles in 10 years achievement.

The signing of the Alliance Agreement then took place between Sustrans Chief Executive John Grimshaw and Jim Dixon who met at the Peak District National Park Authority's office in Bakewell.

John Grimshaw explains the Alliance: "We all love to travel and to enjoy exploring the country but we need to ensure that the impact we make as visitors is a positive one. Sustainable tourism is a good framework, encouraging people to walk and cycle for leisure and whilst on holiday reduces pollution levels and congestion, means you can get closer to local communities and keeps you healthy and active. It also brings economic benefits to local businesses ranging from cycle hire shops to pubs and restaurants."

Jim Dixon continues: "Leaving the car at home and getting about by foot, cycle or public transport will ensure you get to the very heart of Britain's National Parks, which boast some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. In particular cycling is a great way for families to enjoy being out in the open air together and there are many hundreds of miles of traffic-free and quiet lane cycle trails to explore."

The agreement will see the two organisations working together to promote the benefits of walking and cycling through route infrastructure and promotion.

Further information about Sustrans, including other news releases and detailed online route mapping, is available through the website: www.sustrans.org.uk

Issued on behalf of Sustrans the national sustainable development charity

This is an archived press release

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