ASHBOURNE’S cycling enthusiasts are being invited to get their bids in for a share of a new grant scheme, launched to help make the area more welcoming for bikers.
The Peak District National Park Authority is running the scheme to make it easier and more enjoyable for people to explore the area by bike and, additionally, to benefit the local economy.
Local businesses, parish councils and community groups can apply for financial help to improve facilities, equipment and services for cyclists.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available for improvements such as secure overnight cycle parking, bike locks at cafes, cycle racks at destinations, inner tube vending machines, street bike-tyre pumps, and even cycle friendly transport.
Community groups can apply for 70 per cent of their project costs, whilst businesses can receive up to 60 per cent.
Grants cannot be used for cycle training, promotional materials, guided rides or staff time.
The first stage is to submit an expression of interest form, and people can apply for a grant at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/cyclegrantscheme.