"The tourism industry is of major importance
to the economy of the Bradford district. It is worth around £300
million. The re-opening of the Great Northern railway track between
Bradford and Keighley for walkers, cyclists and horse riders would
no doubt be a tremendous boost for tourism in the district and
can only help our bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2008.
The track goes over two marvellous viaducts which are a feat of
engineering and if people could walk and cycle along there, this
would bring even more visitors to the area to see the very dramatic
countryside skirting Bronte country."
Councillor Anne Hawkesworth, Bradford Council's
Executive Member for the Environment in a statement for
this report on winning back the railways. January 2002
- one landscape, many views"
contender for European Capital of Culture
UK cycle tourism is now valued at £635 million per
year*. In June 2000 Britain's National Cycle Network was launched
and the first 5000 miles opened. Cycle tourism and the associated
revenue spend is set to soar. The development of a further 5000
miles is proposed for the five-year period to 2005. Tourism is
a vital element in Bradford's local economy. Growth in car-based
tourism, however, will damage the attractiveness of town and countryside
and undermine the local benefit. Growth in cycle tourism is sustainable
and wholly beneficial.
"We acknowledge that cycle tourism can help
local businesses. That is why we have supported the development
of the National Cycle Network".
Sally Keeble MP, Transport Minister speaking
at the Velo City conference 18.09.01
The Department is contributing to the efforts being
made through the National Cycling Forum and elsewhere to generate
the conditions that will give people the confidence to cycle more.
Support has been given to the National Cycling Strategy aim of
increasing cycling fourfold by 2012 (based on 1996 figures). £4.5
billion is being provided to local authorities over the next three
years for local transport funding, a good deal of which will be
spent on sustainable transport measures, including cycling."
Department of Transport, Local Government
and the Regions Press Release 18.09.01
*From Cycle Tourism, a Sustrans information publication,