We have a big ambition for cycling, into and around the Peak District, because we believe it will deliver so many benefits. Bringing all our ambitions and ideas together into a cycle strategy creates the focus for securing resources to achieve the ambition over time.
Through a focus on cycling, we aim to help drive forward benefits for strategic access, sustainable transport, the environment, community health, economic growth, education, enjoyment, sporting challenge, local access, tourism, carbon reduction and more. The focus on cycling is a means of achieving more benefits for the wider Peak District (communities – businesses – place) none of which are exclusive to cycling.
This strategy has been instigated by the National Park Authority, and has been developed and implemented with Sustrans, Chesterfield Borough Council, Sheffield City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, CTC, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, High Peak Borough Council, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, Manchester City Council, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Visit Peak District, National Trust, Kirklees Council, Canal and River Trust, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, Derbyshire Sport and Staffordshire County Council.
Although the Peak District National Park is central to this strategy, it isn't confined to the National Park … hence we named it the Wider Peak District Cycle Strategy. The Peak District's position, at the heart of the nation, presents a fantastic opportunity to connect world class landscapes with wider populations.
Cycling strategies produced by partner organisations complement this strategy. The Authority continues to engage with the many stakeholders listed above and to cross-reference and contribute to the development of local cycling and walking infrastructure plans.
The principles of the Wider Peak District Cycle Strategy continue to contribute to the delivery of the sustainable transport elements of the Authority’s National Park Management Plan and support the delivery of the transport policies outlined in the Local Plan, which addresses the land use planning issues of travel and transport.
The Peak District National Park Authority is currently reviewing its strategic and policy aims regarding a wider sustainable travel approach in conjunction with climate change and low carbon agendas. One aim is to encourage a travel hierarchy - for example active travel (cycling being a key component), sustainable public transport and green car travel - that inspires people to get to the National Park by sustainable means.