This is an archived press release
Friday 22 August 2014
Cyclists in the beautiful Hope Valley can now benefit from new cycle-friendly facilities.
A new bike park, incorporating a four loop cycle rack, has been installed at the side of Hathersage swimming pool café.
Now cyclists in the Hope Valley area and on the new Hope Valley Cycle Route which Derbyshire County Council has just completed between Hathersage and Bamford can plan a stop off in Hathersage knowing that their bikes can be parked securely.
The installation was made possible by the Peak District National Park Authority Cycle Friendly Grant Fund.
The grant scheme and the new cycle route are part of the Pedal Peak II programme – a £7.5m project funded by the Department for Transport's Community Linking Places Fund which supports cycling in national parks.
Cllr David Jackson, of Hathersage parish council, said: "The Hope Valley area offers great cycling opportunities and Hathersage in particular is a popular place for people stopping off for refreshments.
"We want to encourage more residents and visitors to use their bicycles and support the Lido and swimming pool café and other local businesses, so it makes sense to provide better facilities to cater for cyclists needs."
The Hope Valley cycle route will eventually connect the villages of Hathersage, Bamford and Hope and aims to create a safer route for younger people and less confident cyclists pedalling through the national park in the Hope Valley.
Emma Sayer, the Peak District National Park Authority's member representative for recreation, said: "Cycling is a great way for people to travel in the national park and enjoy the landscape whilst keeping active.
"The legacy of the Tour de France visiting the Peak District and it being a training ground for many of our cycling Olympians means that the national park is growing in popularity with cyclists. We're keen to encourage better cycle friendly facilities as these will attract new customers into the villages and boost local businesses."
For more information on cycling opportunities in the Peak District National Park, people can visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/cycling.
Also, 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.
To apply for a grant to improve cycling facilities people should go to 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.
Picture caption: left to right – David Jackson from Hathersage Parish Council and Kevin Smith from The Pool Café say cyclists are delighted with the new cycle racks.