Plans announced for a state-of-the-art Cycle Hub for Cornwall18 August 2020 | By billy1979
British Cycling, Sport England and Cornwall Council have announced plans for a state-of-the-art Cycle Hub for Cornwall. If plans are approved, bike riders of all ages and abilities will be able to try out a range of exciting, fun and exhilarating cycling activities at the fully accessible Cycle Hub proposed to be built on Council owned land near the Newquay Aerohub Business Park.
Grant opportunities to fund the £3.8 million facility are being explored including an application to the government for investment through their new Gear Change investment strategy for walking and cycling and British Cycling’s Places to Ride Fund.
An existing bus stop on the road outside the Aerohub Business park and plans to create a safe cycle way linking with quiet lanes towards Newquay and Porth will mean that families and visitors will be able to arrive by bike, public transport or on foot.
The ambition is to submit a planning application and have funding confirmed by the end of 2020 so that work can start in 2021 and the Cycle Hub can be ready for action by the end of 2021.
Andy Farr, British Cycling Head of Business Planning and Transformation said:
“We are delighted to be working with Cornwall Council and other stakeholders to bring forward this exciting development, which will provide a regionally significant hub for cycling and link into the Council’s wider plans for development of cycling at all levels. The breadth of facilities proposed will give opportunities for riders at all different stages, from learning to ride for the first time, through to cycle sport competition and training. The scope of the project will include a number of different cycling disciplines, including mountain biking, road cycling, BMX, cyclocross and others, meaning that there should be opportunities for everyone. The South West has traditionally been under-provided for in relation to high quality cycling facilities and this hub will be a huge step forward for the region.”
Mayor of Newquay Councillor Louis Gardner added:
“When I heard of these proposed plans I thought it was a fantastic idea. The new hub must be fully accessible for all of Cornwall not just the elite cyclists. I have asked the organisers to take into account the limited incomes of some of the local population when drafting their business case. There must be options for those who can’t afford the usual hire fees. I have also asked for consideration to be made to enhancing public transport routes and ensuring that the buses on the passing route have ample capacity for bikes.”
“This is a really exciting project which will make Newquay a national centre of excellence for adrenaline sports. We are already the premier surfing resort in the country and we have a free skate park which is probably the best free park in the country. Add now BMX racing and other cycling disciplines and we will attract talent and athletes from all over the country.”
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