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New safe cycling facilities at side of Hathersage swimming pool cafe in the Hope Valley

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

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Cycling facilities are being improved.

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Cyclists in the beautiful Hope Valley can now benefit from new cycle-friendly facilities.

A new bike park, incorporating a four loop cycle rack, has been installed at the side of Hathersage swimming pool café.

Now cyclists in the Hope Valley area and on the new Hope Valley Cycle Route which Derbyshire County Council has just completed between Hathersage and Bamford can plan a stop off in Hathersage knowing that their bikes can be parked securely.

The installation was made possible by the Peak District National Park Authority Cycle Friendly Grant Fund.

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The grant scheme and the new cycle route are part of the Pedal Peak II programme – a £7.5m project funded by the Department for Transport's Community Linking Places Fund which supports cycling in national parks.

Clr David Jackson, of Hathersage parish council, said: “The Hope Valley area offers great cycling opportunities and Hathersage in particular is a popular place for people stopping off for refreshments.

“We want to encourage more residents and visitors to use their bicycles and support the Lido and swimming pool café and other local businesses, so it makes sense to provide better facilities to cater for cyclists needs.”

The Hope Valley cycle route will eventually connect the villages of Hathersage, Bamford and Hope and aims to create a safer route for younger people and less confident cyclists pedalling through the national park in the Hope Valley.

Emma Sayer, the Peak District National Park Authority’s member representative for recreation, said: “Cycling is a great way for people to travel in the national park and enjoy the landscape whilst keeping active.

“The legacy of the Tour de France visiting the Peak District and it being a training ground for many of our cycling Olympians means that the national park is growing in popularity with cyclists. We’re keen to encourage better cycle friendly facilities as these will attract new customers into the villages and boost local businesses.”

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