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Cumbria Cycling Strategy approved by Cabinet

It is hoped the plan will be approved be fully approved by the autumn Credit: PA

A new plan for Cumbria to get more people to cycle has been approved by the county council’s Cabinet.

The aim of the Cumbria Cycling Strategy is to improving people’s health and the county’s economy. The strategy has been developed by a wide range of partners including Cumbria County Council, British Cycling, and more.

The new scheme 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.

Cumbria County Council say that they look forward to the plan 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.”

– Cllr Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member, Public Health and Community Services

Cumbria Cycling Strategy is now in the process of being formally approved by the organisations involved. It is hoped that all partners will have done so by the autumn.

British Cycling searching for local ride leaders

British Cycling are looking for local cyclists to train as British Cycling Ride Leaders. Credit: PA

British Cycling are looking for local cyclists to train as British Cycling Ride Leaders.

As part of their new led ride programme, entrants only need to be confident in riding in a group and have a good level of cycling fitness.

Anyone interested can sign up for the Ride Leadership Award Level 1 Guided Rides Courses, which is taking place on Saturday, 3rd June at Penrith's Queen Elizabeth Grammar School.

The assessed one-day course will qualify applicants to deliver guided bike rides for groups of beginner and intermediate-level adults and accompanied children on roads and cycle paths.