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New cycling hub and cycle guide launched

A new cycling hub designed to encourage more commuters to use pedal power has been officially declared open.

Bike storage containers have been installed at Swadlincote's Green Bank Leisure Centre, with those using them invited to take advantage of the shower and changing facilities on site for free before heading to work.

The launch coincided with the release of a new 'Cycling Trails around Swadlincote' guide, put together by South Derbyshire District Council in partnership with South Derbyshire Sport and sustainable travel charity Sustrans.

Available at www.south-derbys.gov.uk and from the town's Tourist Information Centre based at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, in West Street, the leaflet features details of the area's cycle routes, both on and off-road, as well as a run-down of some places worth visiting along the way.

The two initiatives form a key part of plans to create a 'cycling legacy' in South Derbyshire and make the District one of the most attractive places in the UK to travel on two wheels.

Stuart Batchelor, the Council's Director of Community and Planning, said: "Over recent years cycling has become more and more popular. British cyclists have excelled on the world stage and, at the weekend, we had the Aviva Women's Tour 2016 pass through the area.

"All of this, together with the stunning surroundings of South Derbyshire and The National Forest, is inspiring people of all ages to get on their bikes and we're determined to help them fulfil their ambitions, however grand or small.

"The South Derbyshire Plan goes hand in hand with the Derbyshire Cycle Plan, with an overall aim of getting 50,000 extra women taking up cycling by 2030, as well as a 50 per cent increase in those who commute to work by bike."

Those who use the Green Bank cycle hub will also benefit from free access to a bike toolkit and hand pump, donated by Swadlincote-based Lloyds Cycles.

Anyone interested in helping to shape the future of cycling in South Derbyshire – whether you are a volunteer, business representative, charity worker, councillor or member of a community group - is urged to call Stuart Batchelor on 01283 595820 or email communityandplanning@south-derbys.gov.uk