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Why not join the growing numbers of cyclists and save yourself money, get fitter and get to work quicker.

A fold up bike under office desk

Active travel plays an important role in creating a healthier and happier nation.

Here are some reasons why more people are taking up cycling:

  • cycling is an efficient and convenient form of transport
  • commuters often find their journey takes less time on a bike than by car
  • for the cost of one month's petrol you could buy a bike and never have to fill up at your petrol station again!
  • cycling to work is a good way to build up strength and stamina which will lead to a healthy heart
  • regular cycling can improve confidence, life expectancy and help to control weight
  • cycling can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, bowel cancer and osteoporosis.

Cycling Strategy

The strategy asserts the role cycling plays in travel, leisure, health and the environment and sets the scene for how it can become more influential to society and the economy of the county. Cycling is a visible, normal, everyday activity. It is part of Durham's culture and is a safe, affordable and enjoyable mode of transport as well as a fun, family-friendly, cheap, accessible and competitive leisure activity. The strategy and action plan will help County Durham to:

  • become more widely recognised as a cycling friendly county
  • provide a high quality cycling network that's accessible, well maintained, signed, recorded and promoted
  • increase opportunities for sustainable travel to work, school and key services and reduce reliance on cars
  • encourage drivers to become more aware and tolerant of cyclists
  • contribute to the quality of people's lives, their fitness, health and well-being
  • encourage visitors on active breaks and increase opportunities to enjoy tourist destinations and the countryside
  • enhance the environment and contribute to reducing climate change.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the draft and for the constructive comments.

Great North Cycleway

We are working with neighbouring authorities to create a promoted route from Darlington to Blyth. Phase One for Durham will be improving the network from Cock O' North to Sunderland Bridge.