The Morecambe Bay Cycle Way
The Bay Cycle Way will connect, sign and improve 200km of relatively flat cycle routes around the Bay. The route will run from Walney, near Barrow, to Glasson, south of Lancaster. It will encourage more people to enjoy visiting the Bay by green means.
July 2014 - June 2015
Charity information: Morecambe Bay Partnership
There is no sustainable and accessible means of linking up and visiting the key heritage sites around Morecambe Bay
The Bay Cycle Way will be a new, family-friendly, long distance route, suitable for entry-level touring cyclists. This will provide sustainable access linking key heritage sites along low traffic and no-traffic routes.
Connect and sign 200km of cycle-way, create a new National Cycle Network (NCN) route and map
Activities» Liaise with local stakeholders to find out the best route and what is needed.
» Carry out an audit of existing paths and signage.
» Implement any ground works needed and erect signage
» Create publicity, maps, adverts, events and launch events.
What success will look like
The number of users of the new cycle-way - monitored anecdotally, though tourist boards, and local businesses such as cycle-hire and accommodation. Also monitor publicity created.
New opportunity to access Morecambe Bay by active, healthy and sustainable means.
A new tourist facility with a USP of being a family-friendly, long distance route, suitable for entry-level touring cyclists.
Thus bringing new visitors and audiences to the Bay and a greater profile and appreciation of Morecambe Bay.
Cross-boundary partnership working - this project goes though 5 local authority areas, and so close liaison between all parties is needed to ensure this project succeeds. Meetings have been held with all stakeholders, including local councillors, Council officers, local businesses, interested groups and more, to ensure that everyone knows what is going on, is happy and contributes to a successful project.
E-newsletters, invitations to 'trailblazer' events, updates at the annual AGM and invites to the launch event.
Budget - Project Cost: £100,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £21,500 signage signage for the route £5,900 Information Provision of basic route map £9,600 Project management Project management £43,000 Infrastructure Route improvements £8,000 Launch event and other events Launch event in Bike Week - June 2015; Events for families and local communities to introduce them t £12,000 Print and publicity Leaflets, maps, advertising - promotion of the new route
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Coastal Communities Fund £80,000 Guaranteed
Morecambe Bay is the largest intertidal area in the UK where four estuaries join in a horseshoe-shaped Bay of a spectacular scale and grandeur. The Bay Cycle Way will connect the whole Bay, from Walney Island and Barrow in Furness, round to Glasson Dock, south of Lancaster. It will be a unique route where cyclists will be able to see the end point right from the start all the way along the ride.
Local communities, tourists, families and those with limited mobility will all benefit from this project. It will make the Bay more accessible to everyone and connect places in a healthy, fun and sustainable manner. It will help to connect people with the heritage of the Bay - whether its is the vast landscapes and natural environment or the lookouts and historic sites that dot the landscape. Local businesses will benefit from an uplift in visitors and an increase in visitor spend.
Morecambe Bay Partnership is a small charity that makes BIG things happen. We works in partnership with partners all around the Bay and cross geo-political boundaries. We have already secured funding for 80% of the project and have great contacts and partners to help us carry out the project successfully.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Member of staff at Morecambe Bay Partnership who is managing this project.
A national charity for sustainable transport, Sustrans are using their expertise to help deliver this project on the ground.