National Trust appoints cycle development officer

The National Trust has appointed a Cycling Development Officer to encourage more people to combine family outings by bike with a visit to National Trust properties.
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"My challenge will be to show visitors to National Trust

properties what great fun cycling can be, said the recently appointed Gina Upex.

People are often put off cycling to National Trust properties by the busy roads. And often, even if they plan to ride in our parks, they rack bikes on to their cars and drive. If people can be given the confidence and a safer way to get into the parks, we might be able to persuade people to make the change."

The National Trust is increasing its efforts to reduce traffic generated by

visitors to its properties. Working with Sustrans, the Trusts Green Transport and Travel Group is exploring wide-ranging ideas

to encourage people to use cars less when visiting properties or enjoying

the precious landscapes and countryside in the National Trusts

care.

The Trusts 2000 Handbook includes details of the emerging National

Cycle Network.

Ben Hamilton-Baillie, Sustrans South West and Wales Regional Manager, who advises the Trusts Transport & Travel Group, said: It is clear that the National Trust is taking its transport responsibilities very seriously. It is encouraging to see such a wide range of new ideas under development. At present the vast majority of visits to National Trust properties are by car, and there is much to be done. However, the co-operation between Sustrans and the Trust on this issue will bring clear benefits. The Trusts work will provide a lead for many others to follow.

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