CYCLISTS in Nottinghamshire are being urged to celebrate national Bike Week this week by getting out and about in the local countryside.
Next month sees the first anniversary of a new 18-mile walking and cycling route from Rainworth to Pleasley which was created to increase sustainable travel options throughout the region.
Opened on 7th July last year, the route has been developed by Nottinghamshire County Council for use by walkers, cyclists and horse riders with the aim of linking National Cycle Route 6 to the Derbyshire trails network
The route is a development of existing trails such as the Timberland Trail, the Meden Trail, Teversal and Skegby Trails, and the Mansfield Way. Surfaces have been upgraded, additional signage provided and new timber footbridges installed on the Meden Trail.
The work also included the restoration and management of sensitive habitats, ramps for wheelchair users created and a steel bridge installed to replace the old cast iron railway bridge at Buttery Lane, Skegby.
Samsung Bike Week is the UK’s biggest mass participation cycling event, with almost half a million people participating at events across the country.
The aim is to promote everyday cycling for everyone and to get more people cycling, more often.