A NEW initiative to encourage businesses to cater for cyclists has been launched in Tynedale.

David Dixon, bicycle mayor of Tynedale, has just launched his latest project titled Bike Friendly Business which aims to encourage businesses to develop their facilities for cyclists.

This will apply mainly to pubs, hotels and cafes in Tynedale that agree to provide secure bike parking, maps, basic tools, first aid kits, e-bike and sat nav charging and give cycling groups a warm welcome.

The first official Bike-Friendly establishments in Hexham are the Coach and Horses and The County Hotel, both on Priestpopple.

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The Boatside Inn at Warden is also joining the scheme, which is located on the number 72 cycle route.

He is working with local groups to alleviate traffic problems around Queen Elizabeth High School and Hexham Middle School, including finding ways for pupils to cycle and walk to school safely.

David works closely with his wife Zaria and together they are planning On Yer Bike Tynedale, a community cycling festival in the summer, in Hexham.

If your business is interested in becoming Bike Friendly, contact David Dixon at bicyclemayor@drdaviddixon.earth.  

There may be some funding to help businesses. All Bike Friendly Businesses will be promoted on various websites accessible by tourists and locals.