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The notes of Cumbria Cycle Co-ordination Group Meeting held on 28/02/08 at Town Council Offices, Kendal




Richard Greene(Chair)    Cumbria Tourism    

Allan McNicoll               Cumbria CC

Alex McCoskrie              Cumbria Tourism

Richard Ingham               Capita Symonds

Simeon Orme                   Rough Stuff Fellowship

Rupert Douglas                Cooper Douglas & Sustrans

Nick Cotton                     Consultant

Kevin Fairclough            National Trust

David Robinson              Lake District National Park Authority

Judith Moore                  Friends of the Lake District

Bryan Scott                     Hadrians Wall Heritage

Angela Knowles              Barrow BC & LD Peninsula Tourism Ptnr.   

1) Apologies:

   Jim Loxham                     National Trust

   Mark Brierley                  Cycling Development Officer

   Andy Miles                       Sustrans

   Haydn Morris                   Consultant

   Paul Lee                           Stagecoach

   Ted Liddle                        Consultant

   Fiona Tubman                 Western LD Tourism Ptnr.

               Chris Ford                       Cycle Active  

               Rose Wolfe                      Solway AONB

               Sarah Arragone              Cycle Business

               Richard Hayward          Cumbria CC

               John Dell                         Cumbria CC      



     2)      Notes of Previous Meeting/ Matters Arising

              No cycling festival this year but Meridan Mountain bike on 13th/14th September        

with a road race.

                   Any ideas for a revised Cumbria Cycleway to Mark Brierley by end of April

       3)             Branding

Any projects to be funded by Cumbria Tourism will need to have the Lake District Cumbria branding.Concerns raised over to what extent this is appropriate in many parts of Cumbria.Need for Cumbria Tourism to work closely with Hadrians Wall Heritage over branding issues.Guidelines for branding requirement need to be produced.

A good cycling code has been produced by Rupert Douglas for inclusion in all publications.  

Action : Alex McCoskrie to produce guidelines for branding.

4) Website

Presently not being well used and needs to be better promoted. Consideration needs to be given to who should maintain its stewardship eg Mark Brierley  

5) Cycling Development Officer Update

Key Areas include

Kendal to be submitted to Cycling England for consideration as a Cycling Demonstration Town (like Lancaster) which if successful will bring in significant funding for cycling measures

Thirlmere :Phase one of the family friendlv cycle route progressing.

Lune Valley : The feasibility of a an initial shorter route utilising viaducts in Sedbergh area being examined.

Penrith :a pilot tourism hub; a route guide being produced and press event planned in March but need to establish steering group to develop/market hub .

Connect 2 : John Grimshaw visiting Maryport and Carlisle to look at how successful schemes being taken forward.

6) Publications Update

Publications need to be included on the Cycle Cumbria website and better on-going  promotion once published.There is need to consider if new technology can be incorporated eg GPS/podcasts.

New 5 do-in a-day rides publication will be out for Penrith by April and one is being finalised for Coniston.

There also ones underway for Cleator Moor and Egremont and proposals for an update of the Reivers Route.

7) Route Development Update

An updated schedule was circulated at the meeting (attached).

One imminent proposal  to be implemented is the signing of  the Regional Cycle Route from Ambleside to Coniston by the end of March.

8) A.O.B

Hadrians Wall Heritage has produced its where to go /what to do 2008 map (includes HCW)

There was a new for a 3 monthly newsletter/update from Cycling Development Officer.

Action : Mark Brierley to produce electronic update for June ‘08

Sustrans are carrying out  ‘signing days’ in April so any issues to Rupert Douglas

Adventure Capital Year will bring some funding for cycling schemes.

Whinlatter will be open with new dedicated trails later this year.Need to invite a representative from Forestry Commission to next meeting.

9) D.O.N.M


The next meeting will be late September ‘08


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