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Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority offers free bike stands to businesses
10:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
Extra help is on hand for local businesses gearing up to improve their cycling facilities before next year’s Tour de France Grand Depart through the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Shops, accommodation providers and tourist attractions are being offered the chance to get free bike stands and bike rings to install outside their premises to encourage cyclists to visit them.
The initiative comes from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Its sustainable tourism officer, Meghann Hull, said: “We are trying to help businesses who want to improve their facilities for cyclists or who are trying to encourage more cyclists to use their business. We are also offering businesses simple bike maintenance kits in the event that guests ask to borrow one. We have a limited number of each piece of equipment available so it will be strictly on a first come, first served basis.
“The announcement that the Tour de France is coming here has resulted in a new surge in enthusiasm for pedal power in the national park and the whole idea of this project is to help local businesses make themselves as cycle-friendly as possible to serious cyclists and families alike.” The Traddock Hotel in Austwick has already taken delivery of some bike stands.
Owner Paul Reynolds said: “The stand is a very good addition to the facilities we offer. It’s helping to build increased passing trade and customer loyalty because people know it’s there and they have somewhere secure to leave their bikes.”
Peter Stockton, the authority’s head of sustainable development, said: “The fact the Tour de France is coming to the national park next year means there will be a huge boost to the local economy. Our Sustainable Development Fund can also help businesses maximise the benefits of this world event – not only for 2014 but for years to come.”
Any business owner interested in applying for a piece of equipment can phone Meghann on 01756 751600.
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