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May and June 2018 Liskeard Velo Sunday Rides

Meet at 9.00am on The Parade unless indicated*

Club info: David 01579 347430

Facebook: Liskeard Velo

Website: www.ctccornwall.org.uk

General ride info

(approx max. distance)

Morning Café stop

Leader

13th

May

Around the Moor”

A loop round Bodmin Moor

(50 miles)

Snailspace Cafe Wenfordbridge

Bodmin

PL30 3PN

Ian

01579 347973

07967 204497

27th

May

To Launceston & Back

(50 miles)

Tesco,

Launceston

PL15 9HG

David

01579 347430

07718 483875

10th

Jun

Tavistock, Plym Trail, Plymouth

(60 miles)

Pasty House, Tavistock

PL19 0AD

David

01579 347430

07718 483875

24th

Jun

Kit Hill and Halton Quay

(40 miles)

Louis Cafe,

Kit Hill

PL17 8AX

Ian

01579 347973

07967 204497

Sat

30th

Jun

Annual camping weekend

Details to follow

David

01579 347430

07718 483875

Liskeard Wednesday Pub Run: meet 6.30pm on The Parade.

Liskeard Ladies Cycle Group: Normally 1st Saturday of the month.

Info: Ann 01579 347430 or Facebook Liskeard Ladies Cycle Group

Liskeard Easy Riders: Returnee Mens group. Last Saturday of the month. Meet 9.00am on The Parade. Info: Dave 07906 165337

Cycling UK invite you to join them for Ride from Goss Moor Sunday 29th April

CTC Cornwall (Cycling UK) group Liskeard Velo invites you to join them on their ride from Tregoss car-park on Goss Moor.

The date: Sunday 29th April 2018

Meeting up: 10am at car-park next to Tregoss railway crossing, Roche, St Austell, PL26 8NE

This will be a road ride of about 40 miles around Wadebridge and Padstow with a cafe stop at The Merrymoor Inn, Mawgan Porth, TR8 4BA.

Further details: Alan 07770 315053

We look forward to meeting you.

Update on Possible Looe Valley Cycle Trail

A new network of cycle trails in south east Cornwall could add up to £3 million per year to the local tourist economy, according to a report published in January 2018 by the Looe Valley Trails project, led by Looe Development Trust.

The trust has been seeking support for the creation of 70km of new trails linking Plymouth, Liskeard, Looe and Lanhydrock at an estimated construction cost of £8.3 million.

An economic impact study based on data from Visit Cornwall and evidence from other similar projects around the country suggests that the trails could be visited by as many as 500,000 people per year.

Research has also found that the scheme could generate £10 million per year of spending in local accommodation, cafes and other tourist activities.

It is believed that the scheme would create a growth of 4% in the annual market for tourism, bringing £2-3 million of added income that would otherwise not have been spent in the area.

As well as extra spending from new visitors, there could be several new businesses created including cycle hire and cafes at key locations along the route.

The preferred route uses mainly existing off-road tracks with the rest using quiet lanes, along the Glynn Valley and West Looe Valley, with a new section up the east Looe connecting Looe and Liskeard following the route of the Looe Valley Branch Line.

The route favoured for the Looe to Plymouth portion uses quiet lanes along the coast including the spectacular Military Road, and approaches the Cremyll Ferry through Mount Edgecumbe Country Park.

Reaching agreements with private landowners along the route will be an important next step for the project along with detailed engineering design work to get greater certainty about the project costs.

Justin Spreckley, chairman of Looe Development Trust, said: “Almost half of local businesses are in the agriculture, retail or hotel and catering sectors.

“Anything we can do to boost their business, particularly out of season, would make a big difference to local prosperity.

“As a local development trust, we have been delighted to lead this study and will now be championing the trails for further funding to make sure we get to see the benefits.

“We hope to set up a new friends of the trail organisation so that local people can get involved in helping to support the project and make the most of the opportunities it offers.”

The feasibility study included extensive consultation with the tourist industry, who were strongly supportive of the project.

Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, said: “South east Cornwall currently attracts fewer staying or overnight visitors than most other parts of Cornwall, so the potential for growth through the right investments is clear.

“Cornwall is perceived as one of the top three destinations in the UK for cycle tourism and there’s a big market available if these trails can be delivered.”

The feasibility study was funded by Cornwall Council, the LEADER EU funding programme, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, Liskeard and Looe Town Councils, Liskeard Town Forum and the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.

Deborah Boden from the World Heritage Site said: “The Liskeard and Caradon Railway in the East Looe Valley was constructed as the essential transport link between the Caradon Hill World Heritage Site area and the port of Looe, from where thousands of tons of copper ore were shipped to South Wales for smelting.

“The presence of the railway, and the canal to which it was linked at Moorswater, also facilitated the growth of a major trade in Bodmin Moor granite, which was exported across the world.

“The Looe Valley Trail provides a great opportunity to tell the story of how these places and their people were shaped by industrialisation, and will engage local communities in celebrating their history and identity as industrial pioneers.”

Sustrans, the national charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle, were involved in the study as part of the engineering and design investigations funded by Cornwall Counc

Simon Pratt, head of network development at Sustrans, said: “These trails fill a missing link in the national cycle network, connecting with Plymouth and Dartmoor to the east and Bodmin and the Camel Trail to the west.

“The Looe to Plymouth section in particular has been on our radar for many years and I hope that the time has come when it can now be delivered.

“As well as the tourism benefits, these trail routes are well connected to the railway network at Bodmin Parkway and Liskeard and offer more sustainable travel options for commuters and local people.”

The report has been welcomed by Cornwall Council and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LE

Sandra Rothwell, chief executive of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, which co-funded the feasibility study, said: “This study shows the potential for the Looe Valley Trail to make a significant contribution to rural businesses in south east Cornwall and could complement recent LEP investment in Bodmin to strengthen the local cycle network and the visitor econom

“We look forward to seeing further plans as they are brought forward.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council cabinet member for neighbourhoods and a member of the trail steering group said: “These proposed cycle networks are a fantastic opportunity for south-east Cornwall and support our work to build strong local communities, each with their own identity and offer for visitors.

Improved cycle networks would provide significant benefits for Cornwall’s people, environment and economy by helping to connect communities, improve access to services, reduce traffic congestion and pollution and encourage people to lead healthier lives.”

A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross

The deadline for consultation responses is on Monday, 12th of March. The Highways England people I have talked to are clear that they need to see good numbers of consultation responses calling for more attention to cycling if they are to improve the scheme in the ways we want.

Highways England’s consultation page for this scheme includes a link to the reasonably concise booklet handed out at the consultation events and also clever stuff like a virtual flight above the proposed road and lots of other related documents.

The core proposal is thin on cycling, it is after all about a 70mph limit road with an intention that average speeds should be not that much less. However, the Highways England Cycling Strategy published in 2016 applies to this scheme.  It includes promises of new ways of working, and an apparent intention to treat cyclists’ needs seriously. I feel the A30 proposal as it stands has some way to go to really come up to the mark.

There has been a bit of movement in the right direction since the informal consultation late in 2016 in that the count of current crossing routes blocked has been reduced by linking the lanes east of Zelah with a new tunnel.

Truro Cycling Campaign have done a great job in raising awareness and rallying support for a stronger proposal for cycling in particular for a direct crossing at or very near the current Chiverton Cross roundabout to recover the direct St Agnes <=> Truro route. It looks like progress is possible on this and on a link from Carland Cross to the old A30 at Mitchell which would open up the natural ridge route for east west riding including of course the many End–to–End rides that pass through Cornwall.

Have a look at the suggestions Truro Cycling Campaign are making for a consultation response. Your response doesn’t have to be long but do please send one in using the Highways England consultation page.

 

Liskeard Velo March and April 2018 rides

For full details of March and April rides, including locations and times, please click on link below:  (Please always check our facebook pages – Liskeard Velo, Liskeard Ladies, Liskeard Easyriders and Penzance Cycle Group –  for latest details of any changes or cancellations):

Liskeard Velo Rides March and April 2018

Sunday 4th March –  Kit Hill and Luckett, Café Stop Louis Café, Kit Hill, Leader Ian 07967 204497

Sunday 18th March – Cardinham Woods and Looe, Café Stop Woods Café, Cardinham Woods, Leader Ann 07800 639104

Sunday 1st April – Bodmin Moor and Port Isaac – Café Stop Snails Pace Café, Leader David 07718 483875

Sunday 15th April – Torpoint and Saltash – Café Stop Hearts Kitchen, Torpoint, Leader Dave 07906 165337

Sunday 29th April – Wadebridge and Padstow (car assist meet 10 am Tregoss Railway Crossing car park, Roche) – Merrymoor Inn – Leader Alan 07770 315053