Cycle Friendly Places fund launched as part of initiative to support Derbyshire businesses to offer good quality cycling experiences
A Cycle Friendly Places fund has been launched as part of the Pedal Peak Business Initiative to support Derbyshire businesses to offer good quality experiences for all types of cyclists and stimulate the cycling economy.
The fund will provide 50% towards the expenditure for small-scale projects which will help create cycle friendly places that meet the needs of residents, day visitors and touring cyclists.
All types of tourism businesses may apply, including Sole Trader, Partnership or a Limited Company, but must be located within a specific area in Derbyshire and have less than 250 employees at the time of their application.
Grants of between £1,000 and £2,500 are available and businesses need to provide 50% of the total project costs.
For more details visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/cyclegrantscheme
The fund is part of a package of support for businesses within the visitor economy sector which is being delivered by the Peak District National Park, Marketing Peak District, Derbyshire Dales District Council and other partners across Derbyshire.
The project is part of the Growing and Developing the Visitor Economy Sector within Derbyshire programme funded by the England European Regional Development Fund.
The National Park is leading on the £450k 'Pedal Peak Business Initiative' strand of the project which will increase competitiveness of Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) to create a welcoming destination by stimulating and supporting a number of tourism businesses that are cycle friendly and contribute to a growing economy.
The project will be focused on the following areas within Derbyshire:
• Bakewell, Rowsley, Matlock and Monsal Trail
• Ashbourne, Hartington and the Tissington Trail
• Wirksworth, Carsington and the High Peak Trail
• The Hope Valley
The project will also:
• Develop a cycle tourism toolkit for businesses
• Develop a local Cyclists Welcome accreditation
• Deliver workshops and events to enable businesses to understand the cycling market and to maximise benefits
• Promote cycle loops and itineraries for residents and visitors around the four cluster areas. Inspirational loops will encourage exploration of the Peal District linking businesses along the way.
To find out more contact Carol Parsons, Pedal Peak Business Officer email@example.com 01629 816297