Devon warms up for a summer of cycling

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Posted on: 14 March 2012

Devon is backing the national Summer of Cycling celebration which was launched at the House of Commons on 14 March.

The campaign, championed by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group in association with the Bicycle Association of Great Britain, aims to get more people cycling than ever before.

There is plenty for cyclists of all abilities to enjoy in Devon, with routes being developed across the county. Work is continuing to complete the Exe Estuary Trail, which stretches from Exeter to Exmouth, and already attracts over 100,000 people a year. A cycle route and bridge over the River Teign is being developed as part of the Connect 2 project linking Kingsteignton to Newton. Gem Bridge near Tavistock is also due to open later this year on Drake’s Trail which will connect Tavistock and Plymouth.

The Tour of Britain will return to the county again in September, following last year’s successful stage from Exeter to Exmouth which attracted more than 125,000 spectators to Devon and generated an additional £3.1 million for the local economy.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “Devon is proud to be supporting this campaign and it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the extensive work we have been doing in our county to encourage more people to cycle. It’s the year of the London Olympics, The Tour of Britain will be returning to Devon again and more and more cycle trails are being opened up across our county – there’s never been a better time to take up cycling or to get back on your bike.

“This campaign highlights what we can all do locally if we encourage friends and family to cycle. If everyone with a bike introduces someone else to cycling this year then we would have doubled the number of cyclists in the county. That can make a real difference to tackling congestion, reducing carbon emissions, improving people’s health and supporting our local economy.”

The Summer of Cycling campaign is open to all organisations, businesses, and clubs as well as individuals. Details of the campaign can be found at www.summerofcycling.net

For more information on cycling activities and events in Devon visit the Cycle Devon website at www.cycledevon.info

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