Cumbria cycling boost hope from Tour of Britain
- 4 June 2013
- From the section Cumbria
Health officials in Cumbria hope that hosting the Tour of Britain will encourage people to take up cycling.
The single biggest stage of the race - about 140 miles - will start and finish in the county.
Community activities coinciding with the race in September will also aim to capitalise on the interest.
A county council traffic survey showed an increase in the number of cyclists over the past year - 10.6% in the Carlisle area and 7.3% in Kendal.
Dr Rebecca Wagstaff, Cumbria's acting director of public health, said: "For most people, cycling is a safe and effective form of exercise which has broad appeal.
"It's a low-impact type of exercise, so it's easier on your joints than running or other high-impact aerobic activities, but it still helps you get into shape."