Torbay launches new cycling partnership
Representatives from Torbay Council, health, cycling interest groups and cycling retailers recently came together at Parkfield in Paignton to kick-start the development of a new cycling partnership for Torbay.
The purpose of the meeting was to develop the sports, leisure and recreational aspects of cycling throughout Torbay.
Mayor, Gordon Oliver, said: “We must take advantage of the recent enthusiasm for cycling generated by Britain’s success in the Tour De France, the Olympics and the Tour of Britain. Regular cycling can help improve the health of residents of all ages in Torbay. There are also economic benefits to establishing the Bay as a cycling centre of excellence.”
Lively discussions were held and existing facilities, such as Parkfield, were discussed as well as ideas for future progression. All agreed there was a need to develop a new cycling group in Torbay and that it would promote cycling as an activity as well as focusing on key calendar events.
Debbie Stark, Director of Public Health, said: “We all agreed that there was a need to increase the uptake of cycling through the promotion of sports, facilities and recreational events. One way to achieve this was through the creation of a new cycling group for Torbay.
“I cannot stress strongly enough the benefits of cycling activity to health and well-being. This includes weight control, mental well-being, joint protection and the reduction of risk factors which can lead to heart attacks – all of which have been proven.”
After the event attendees were treated to a display from world champion BMX rider Kye Forte and Darren Tottman from the Pro Cycle Centre in Newton Abbot.
Anyone interested in joining the developing Torbay Cycle Group should contact Mark Richards, Public Health, NHS Torbay on 01803 321168.