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CYCLE FRIENDLY DEAL
13 December 2018
Deal Town Council has successfully bid for funding from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund for a Fast Track project, Cycle Friendly Deal. The project will encompass not just Deal but also Walmer, Mongeham and Sholden.
With additional funding and resources from Deal Town Council, Cycle Friendly Deal has now been launched with the appointment of a Project Coordinator, Adrian Oliver, who will be in post until October 2020.
The Town Council’s ambition is big, as Deputy Mayor Councillor Marlene Burnham declared, “we want Deal to be the best place to cycle.” No small challenge then! Thankfully, Deal is already a good town for cycling with cycling businesses, a wide range of clubs for all types & ages of cyclists as well as having one of the few sections of National Cycle Route 1 that’s away from the road. It also helps that Deal is a compact and largely flat town with most heavy through traffic diverted away from the area thanks to the improvements to the A256 over the last thirty years.
Cycle Friendly Deal has two main strands. Firstly, to encourage more cycle tourism. Working with Explore Kent, Deal Town Council will offer hospitality businesses “We Love Cyclists & Walkers” workshops and accreditation. There will also be small grants available from the Town Council to help businesses to improve their facilities for cyclists. The project will also bring together, Dover District Council’s White Cliffs Country initiative, Visit Kent, along with Deal businesses, attractions, accommodation and hospitality providers to develop new cycling orientated tourism offers.
The second strand is to encourage more people to cycle in Deal. This will involve making sure existing cycle routes are better signed and developing new signed Quietways for cyclists. Once this network is better established the Council will publish a new Deal Cycle Map along with route maps for popular circular rides starting and finishing in Deal. Additionally, Cycle Friendly Deal will ensure that all the local schools receive their Bikeability training for pupils in Years 5 & 6 and establish a new Adult Cycle Training Hub in the town. With the help of local residents Cycle Friendly Deal will promote regular cycle rides and events.
Enhancing both these strands, Cycle Friendly Deal will establish a public electric bike hire scheme. Across the UK and Europe e-bikes are having a positive effect helping people return to cycling and extending cyclists riding life. By establishing the e-bike hire scheme Cycle Friendly Deal hopes to introduce many more local people to regular riding and encourage tourists to explore the local area.
If you would like to find out more and get involved with Cycle Friendly Deal, please contact Adrian Oliver at Deal Town Council on 01304 361999 or send an email.
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Marlene Burnham,Cycle Friendly Deal Project Co-ordinator: Adrian Oliver
Chair of the Regeneration Advisory Committee: Councillor Susan Beer
At the launch of Cycle Friendly Deal on Friday 23 November 2018 in the Chamber of Deal Town Hall.
Deal Town Council are seeking interest from suitably qualified and experienced consultants to carry out an evaluation. This is for the two year Cycle Friendly Deal project which has just been awarded a grant of over £93k from the government's Coastal Communities Fund.
This will be a fixed fee contract which is expected to involve three visits and a final report. Please contact Paul Bone to find out more.