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 For cyclists who love off road leisure cycling in South Lakes and Yorkshire Dales

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Cumbria Cycle Co-ordination Group

Meeting held on 26/09/07

 CCC Offices Kendal




Andy Miles (Chair)         Sustrans

Mark Brierley                  Cumbria CC (Cycling Development Officer )

Allan McNicoll               Cumbria CC

Eve Borrino                     Cumbria CC (Countryside Access Ranger)      

Alex McCoskrie              Cumbria Tourism

Richard Greene               Cumbria Tourism

Jo Ratcliffe                       Environment Agency

Richard Ingham               Capita Symonds

Simeon Orme                   Rough Stuff Fellowship

Rupert Douglas                Cooper Douglas & Sustrans

Paul Lee                           Stagecoach North West

Helen Sykes                     Longtown Market Town Initiative

Fiona Tubman                  Western Lakes District Tourism Partnership

Dawn Hunter-Ellis           South Lakeland  District Council

Angela Knowles               Lake District Peninsula Tourism Partnership

1)   Apologies:

   Judith Moore                    Friends of the Lake District

               Jim Loxham                     National Trust

               Ged Acton                        Cockermouth MTI                  

               Mark Sandamas                Pennine Events

               Chris Ford                       Cycle Active  

               Richard Ingham               Cumbria CC (Area Engineer)


               Everyone introduced themselves


     2)      Notes of Previous Meeting/ Matters Arising

              Notes of last meeting accepted

A brief feedback was given on Bike Fest :  

      It was seen as a success though would look to expand upon range of events to cater

      better  for all types of cyclists ; an economic impact assessment is being undertaken.

     Cumbria Tourism would like to hold a 2nd Bike Fest in ’08 but need to find funding &

     negotiations taking place with Cumbria Vision. CT would prefer to hold event in Sept.  

     Any views to AMcCoskrie@cumbriatourism.org

Cycle Cumbria Website www.cyclingcumbria.co.uk  

Consideration needs to be given to how best to promote publications on website.  

     Any comments on content of website toAMcCoskrie@cumbriatourism.org


3) Cycling Development Officer  

The new Cycling Development Officer is Mark Brierley ; mark.brierley@cumbriacc.gov.uk

He  is funded by CCC,Cumbria Tourism and LDNPA ; initially for a year but it is hoped that this can be extended to 3 years.

His work programme for the year has been drawn up by the three funding partners and was circulated at the meeting.He has already made a start on a number of the projects and please contact him for any information required.

One of the tasks he is involved in is to assist the promotion of the Connect 2 proposals  in Cumbria. 2 schemes at Maryport and Carlisle (with Coniston to Foxfield on the reserve list)  have successfully made it through to the final list of cycling schemes to be considered  as part of Sustrans submission to the National Lottery Fund and to be voted on in a special programme on ITV1 in December 2007.

Please go to the attached link to find out more about the project

http://www.sustransconnect2.org.uk/ ; and please publicise the project within your organisation and the need to vote for it in early December.


4) Route Development Update

A copy of the  Strategic Cycle Network map and an update of  required improvements and promotional activities to routes was circulated.

The Strategic Cycle Network map can be downloaded from the cycling page of the  CCC website


5) Publications Update

It was agreed that  that all future cycle map publications covering the County wherever possible have a consistent clear branding , A format has been agreed eg this can be seen on the 5 do in a day ride cycle map for the Solway AONB.For further details please contact AMcCoskrie@cumbriatourism.org


Action Pt :

To ensure a co-ordinated approach could any organisation planning to produce a cycle map please contact Mark Brierley who shall be able to offer advice and assistance .

 A list of the existing maps covering on-road cycle routes in Cumbria was circulated .

 Five do in a day ride maps for Egremont and Cleator Moor have been commissioned.


Progress is being made on maps of rides around Coniston and Penrith as well as a   revamp of the Eden Valley circular route.

6) Cumbria Cycleway

The route of the Cumbria Cycleway which opened in 1980 ran round the edge of the County. A review of it was undertaken of it in 1998 which showed that £2.5 million needed to be spent to upgrade and provide alternatives sections of route due to safety issues. As a consequence CCC decided to no longer promote the route and remove signs.

Since 1998 large parts of the route have been incorporated into the National Cycle Network.   

The group has been asked to determine is whether consideration should be given to the development of an alternative route for a Cumbria Cycleway using existing sections of the NCN ; with a new name ?;running more into the heart of Cumbria ?  more suitable for shorter day journeys ? do you think there is a market for such a route ?

Should consideration be given to an off-road circular cycleway in Cumbria ?

Action Pt :

Views to  mark.brierley@cumbriacc.gov.uk who  will report back to the meeting in March ’08  on options for the way forward .


7) A.O.B

Friends of the Lake District are thinking of having a Green Travel Month again in 2008 and ideas and partners are welcome;  contact Judith-moore@fld.org.uk

There was a need to consider potential funding opportunities from NWDA as part of the ‘green agenda’

Cumbria Tourism are looking for big ideas for cycle projects as part of  Adventure Capital ;contact AMcCoskrie@cumbriatourism.org

Reference was made to the importance of agreeing priorities for route improvements and that Greenod to Ulverston off-road route should be one

8) D.O.N.M

The next meeting is to be held on Thursday 28th February 2008 at 2p.m in of the County Council Offices in Kendal.  


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