Positive leisure experiences can lead to new hobbies or habits, and cycling is no exception to this rule. The journey to work may be too much for some, but family holidays or a day out may provide the right incentive and environment to encourage people to try cycling.

The Finding New Solutions leisure projects explore the proposition that people who have had a positive leisure cycling experience are more likely to take up cycling for everyday journeys.

Partners in the leisure programme include a county council, a national park authority and a collaboration between a government department, charity and commercial holiday operator –bringing a wide range of experience and approaches to the overall programme.

Each of the project partners is either enhancing existing, or providing new leisure cycling facilities to enable non- and infrequent cyclists, or people that currently only cycle for leisure, to enjoy cycling in an attractive recreational setting.

Current projects:

The Peak District National Park Authority plans to promote cycling as part of its drive to encourage more sustainable travel by visitors and residents within the park. This will involve extending the network of off-road, leisure cycling routes linking Buxton town and station to Bakewell via the Monsal Trail, and to the High Peak Trails. The Pedal Peak District project will also improve existing cycle hire facilities and market a package of leisure cycling activities and initiatives. Click here for more info.

Devon County Council will focus on five Cycle Hub Towns: Exeter, Exmouth, Newton Abbot, Tavistock & Barnstaple with the aim of encouraging both visitors and locals to try leisure cycling, and then continue to cycle in more everyday situations. There will be a focus on ensuring leisure cycling opportunities are an easy and affordable option - improving and promoting the facilities available. The initiative will be launched with a series of Cycling Fun Days – one per town during the Spring. Click here for more info.

The Forestry Commission England, in partnership with Hoseasons Holidays and the CTC Charitable Trust, will employ seasonal officers to run cycling activities including led rides, cycling competitions and training at five flagship holiday sites and nearby forest sites near Newton Abbot (SW), Ringwood (South), Sherwood (Midlands), Kielder Water (NE), York (North).

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