Cycling is an economic, environmentally friendly and healthy form of transport. It can help reduce congestion and noise pollution and improve air quality. Regular cycling provides a number of health benefits.
Many journeys presently made by car are short trips where cycling provides a realistic alternative. Emphasis is given by the Council to encouraging an increasing number of journeys by bike to school and work.
A number of long distance cycle routes which pass through the beautiful scenery in Cumbria have now been established offering excellent opportunities for leisure cycling. There are plans to further extend these in Cumbria to form a complete cycle network which uses where possible lightly trafficked minor roads. On busier roads off road cycle and walking routes will be developed.
For more information please contact:
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development Europe investing in rural areas
This project is supported by the Rural Development Programme for England, for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas
The map provides great ideas for bike rides in Cumbria. It identifies family-friendly traffic free routes, suggested rides on the County's network of quieter roads, the National Cycle Network and the best areas for mountain biking including Forestry Commission woodlands.
Details are also given of bike shop and hire facilities, cycle publications and websites together with contact details for public transport information and Tourist Information Centres.
The off-road section of the cycle network in West Cumbria is maintained through an agreement with Sustrans.
If you notice any damage/vandalism to the infrastructure or have any queries over its maintenance please contact :
John Scrivens: Tel No. 01900 85596