This is an archived press release
Thursday 29 April 2010
28 April 2010
Get cycling with Pedal Peak District
A £2.25 million project has been launched to get thousands of residents and visitors to the Peak District cycling more often.
Pedal Peak District will encourage people who don’t currently cycle, or do so only occasionally, to ride a bike in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District National Park countryside.
Once residents or visitors have experienced cycling in the national park for themselves they will be supported to make riding a bike a regular part of their lives by signing up to a website - at www.pedalpeakdistrict.co.uk - that:
- Gives them cycling tips.
- Provides information and maps of cycling routes.
- Encourages them to set small, manageable cycling goals and win prizes for completing them.
- Shows them the amount of calories they have burned on their bike rides and the other health benefits it can bring.
Pedal Peak District is run by the Peak District National Park Authority and funded by the Department of Transport through Cycling England.
John Fern, the authority’s head of communications, said: “The Peak District National Park is one of the most beautiful places to go cycling in the country so we can offer the ideal setting for that first cycling experience - or rekindle the passion if it is years since you last rode a bike.
“Lots of us have bikes in the shed or garage at home but only bring them out once or twice a year. Pedal Peak District wants to inspire people to come out into the national park to try the 58 miles of traffic free, easy going cycling routes we have, plus the many miles of quiet country lanes.
“We particularly want to encourage people who wouldn’t normally think of going cycling. To help them we are running bike confidence, safety and maintenance courses and also offering people the chance to hire bikes from our cycle hire centres.”
Everyone who signs up to the Pedal Peak District website at www.pedalpeakdistrict.co.uk and completes a short survey will be entered into a monthly prize draw to win a bike worth £300.
Registration cards can also be completed at the Peak District National Park Authority’s cycle hire centres at Parsley Hay, Ashbourne and the Upper Derwent Valley, or any national park visitor centre. Directions for the cycle hire centres can be found at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/cycle
The Pedal Peak District project also includes plans to create a new cycling route from Bakewell to Buxton. This will involve re-opening four former railway tunnels that have been closed to the public since the 1960s. Most of the £2.25 million funding will be used to construct the new route, which should open in Spring 2011.
The project aims to see if having a positive leisure cycling experience can encourage more people to take the next step and go cycling to work, school, the shops or social occasions on a regular basis.