Cycling scheme to boost business

By a County Press reporter

Monday, January 27, 2014


CYCLING improvements will be free-wheeling across the Island thanks to a partnership between the Isle of Wight Council, Isle of Wight Community Action and Visit Isle of Wight.

Money from the Government financed local sustainable transport fund is to be used to support cycle hire services and fit more cycle racks and shelters in a bid to get more people in the saddle, boosting tourism and local businesses.

Organisations, companies and private landowners will be able to bid for grants to install new cycle parking facilities or set up or extend cycle hire services.

Cllr Luisa Hillard, the Isle of Wight Council’s cabinet member responsible for sustainability, said: "The installation of more cycle racks and building a network of cycle hire businesses across the Island will support our aim to increase sustainable, low-carbon, forms of transport.

"I would urge B&Bs, pubs and cafes on popular cycling routes to apply for these grants to encourage trade from the 'cycle-friendly’ niche market. Town and parish councils can also apply to encourage cycling to the local shops."

People can register their interest by calling Community Action on 01983 524058 or email

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