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New maps point way to happy cycling

PUBLISHED: 20:59 18 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:43 06 July 2010

PEOPLE in Waveney are being urged to saddle up and enjoy the district on two wheels.

To celebrate National Bike Week, Waveney District Council's culture, tourism and sport team has teamed up with Beccles Cycle Strategy to launched a series of maps to promote cycling.

PEOPLE in Waveney are being urged to saddle up and enjoy the district on two wheels.

To celebrate National Bike Week, Waveney District Council's culture, tourism and sport team has teamed up with Beccles Cycle Strategy to launched a series of maps to promote cycling.

The project has been developed over a year and includes a cycle guide with an overview map showing routes throughout the area.

There are also five detailed 'loop maps' which provide step by step directions allowing cyclists to follow the circular cycle routes and highlights places of interest along the way.

Beccles Cycle Strategy provided the details for the routes including instructions, safety information, mileage and points of interest. Members then worked with the council to convert the information into an easy-to-use format for local people and visitors.

Sue Bergin, of Beccles Cycle Strategy, said: “On behalf of Beccles Cycle Strategy and all cyclists wanting to enjoy this lovely area from the comfort of their saddles, we are most grateful to Waveney District Council for their invaluable support and expertise.”

The maps will now be available to download from the new cycling pages on Waveney's tourism website www.visit-sunrisecoast.co.uk

The website pages will also include details of cycle paths in Lowestoft and Beccles, other cycle routes in the area and general information to assist cyclists.

Green Party councillor for Beccles North, Graham Elliott said: “The country lanes, villages and market towns of the Waveney Valley are ideal for family cycling. We're keen to actively promote this area for cycle-based tourism and the new cycle maps, which highlight some of the best local routes, will help do just this.”

Beccles Cycle Strategy is now looking at possible funding to print the maps, with a view to making them available at tourist information and cycle centres.

National Bike Week starts tomorrow and runs until June 27. To find out more, visit: www.bikeweek.org.uk


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