Thursday, 27 June 2013

Cycle Summit To Determine Tour De France Legacy

A special event to build a lasting legacy from hosting the third stage of next year's Grand Depart has been planned for this summer and there are a limited number of spaces available for keen cyclists.
The Cambridgeshire Cycling Summit on Thursday 4 July is being organised by Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council and LIVING SPORT.

The event will bring together cycling clubs, businesses, local authorities, schools and cycling enthusiasts across Cambridgeshire to help shape the future of cycling in the county.

The Summit will involve a number of speakers including: Julian Huppert MP (Joint Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Committee for Cycling), local Paralympian Dan Gordon, Cllr Ian Bates, (Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet member for Growth and Planning) and Rod Cantrell (Cambridge City Council Cycling Champion) who will highlight the opportunities for cycling for the next few years.

This will be followed by a number of workshops which will look at the following areas:

  • Inclusion – What positive steps can we take to build on the successful all-ability cycling groups operating in Milton and Peterborough?
  • Cycling for children and young people – How can we ensure young people get into cycling? How can we promote cycle training?
  • Workplace cycling – What practical steps can businesses take to assist employees cycling to work?
  • Recreational cycling –How can we improve the opportunities for safe, recreational cycling in the county?
  • Cycling clubs and competitive cycling – How can we ensure that those inspired by British Olympic champions get into cycling? What support do local cycling clubs need?
  • Cycling business and tourism – How can cycling add to the local economy? How can we attract more cycling tourists?
  • Cycling infrastructure – What cycling facilities does Cambridgeshire need for the short and long term?

The event is being held at Swavesey Village College from 6pm until 9pm on Thursday 4 July.
Cllr Ian Bates, Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet member for Growth and Planning: "The Cambridgeshire Cycling Summit has been organised in order to build a lasting legacy from hosting the third stage of next year's Grand Depart. We want to bring together all the various people who are interested in cycling to discuss how we can take cycling forward in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

This is fantastic opportunity to be part of something which will make a real difference in the years to come which is why we would like to open up to local people and cycling groups. Unfortunately spaces are limited but if you're passionate about cycling and want to get involved then this is the event for you.

Simon Fairhall, Chief Executive, LIVING SPORT, said: "I believe the Cycling Summit will be a fantastic opportunity to draw groups from around the county together to discuss how we can develop cycling in Cambridgeshire in the years to come. Swavesey Village College has a great reputation for supporting cycling and I am looking forward to hearing how they are engaging young people in the sport – among the many issues we will be talking about developing."

Cllr Rod Cantrill, Executive Councillor for Arts, Sport and Public Places said: "Cycling is already an integral part of Cambridge life - more than anywhere else in the UK, it is truly a cycling City with over 30% of residents regularly biking to work. With the success of British Cycling in last year's Olympics and Paralympic Games still fresh in our minds, and the arrival of the Tour de France next year, now is an opportune time to focus on opportunities to develop the next generation of athletes, also to assess priorities for promoting further participation and improving safety."

If you would like to attend the Cycling Summit, please call: 01223 699906 or email: transport.delivery@cambridgeshire.gov.uk and let us know your first and second choice of themed workshop.