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RESIDENTS and businesses have been warned to expect road closures while cyclists race 78-miles round County Durham in front of 3,000 spectators.

The 78-mile long Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines road race will this year take place on Sunday, October 6.

A series of meetings is to be held this month for residents to find out more about the roads affected and to offer them the opportunity to raise any issues.

Representatives from event organiser IMG Challenger World and officers from Durham County Council will be at the meetings to provide information and to answer questions. People who live or run businesses along the route have been encouraged to attend.

Nigel Dodds, the council’s strategic manager for outdoor sports and leisure, said: “Last year the event attracted competitors from around the world and brought a huge boost to the local economy, in excess of £235,000.

“However, we recognise that while the event brings a number of benefits to the region, the necessary road closures inevitably cause some disruption.”

The race starts on Harmire Road, Barnard Castle, and it heads through the Durham Dales, Weardale, Teesdale, Esh Winning, Crook and Hamsterley Forest.

The meetings are at: Cowshill Village Hall, on June 24, at 6.30pm; Crook Civic Centre, on June 25, at 6.30pm; Teesdale Leisure Centre, on June 26, at 7pm.

Details on the road closures can be obtained from IMG on 020-8233-5900, between noon and 2pm Monday to Thursday, or by emailing info@etapepennines.co.uk. A map, can be found at http://www.etapepennines.co.uk/roadclosures.

via Businesses face road closures as major bike race heads through town (From The Northern Echo).

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Waskerley Way Consett to Stanhope

Waskerley Way Railway Path PDF 6 pages, 2632kb

IMPORTANT NOTICE

From 30 April 2012 work will begin on resurfacing a 2.5 mile stretch of the Railway Path between Whitehall picnic area and Burnhill. Weather permitting this will take around five weeks. Please take care through the site and follow any signs on site or directions given by staff. Thank you for your patience during this time.

via Countryside – railway paths – Durham County Council.

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The draft Cycling Strategy is now open for consultation until Wednesday 2 May 2012. The strategy supports 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.

Our vision is:

“‘Cycling is a visible, normal, everyday activity. Cycling 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.

More information

You can see the draft Cycling Strategy for County Durham 2012-15 below:

PDF IconDraft Cycling Strategy for County Durham 2012-15.pdf (19 pages, 8633kb)

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Contact us

If you have any comments on the draft strategy, please send them to the email address below, and title your email ‘Draft Cycling Strategy’.

via Draft Cycling Strategy for County Durham 2012-15 – Durham County Council.

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