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27 July 2017

Cumbria Cycling Strategy ratified by Cabinet

A new plan for Cumbria to be one of the best places in the country to cycle was ratified on Thursday 27 July by the county council’s Cabinet, with other partners due to consider the proposal in the coming weeks.

The aim of the Cumbria Cycling Strategy is simple: to get more people cycling more often throughout Cumbria’s spectacular landscapes – improving people’s health and the county’s economy.

The strategy has been developed jointly by a wide range of partners including Cumbria County Council, British Cycling, the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities, Cumbria’s six District Councils, The Forestry Commission, Morecambe Bay Partnership, Sustrans and the National Trust. The strategy is now in the process of being formally ratified by the different organisations. It is hoped that all partners will have done so by the autumn.

The new plan focuses on:

·        Promoting cycling as part of a healthy lifestyle;
·        Enabling cycling to support the Cumbrian economy;
·        Promoting Cumbria as the best place to cycle;
·        Improving the cycling infrastructure to enable more cycling.

Cllr Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Services, said:

“I’m delighted that Cabinet has had the opportunity to endorse this strategy and I look forward to it being agreed by all the partners involved. Ours is a spectacular county and cycling in Cumbria is going from strength to strength. This strategy capitalises on that and will help the county reap the economic and health benefits that getting more people out on their bikes could bring.”

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A new plan for Cumbria to be one of the best places in the country to cycle was ratified on Thursday 27 July by the county council’s Cabinet, with other partners due to consider the proposal in the coming weeks.