Cycling

Adult and child cycling in the New Forest National Par

Cycling is a wonderful way to enjoy the New Forest’s special qualities for work and for pleasure. It benefits people’s health, helps the local economy and is non-polluting – helping to protect the beautiful yet fragile landscapes of the National Park. You can find details on routes, cycle hire and inclusive cycling in our visiting section.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded us two funds which together will deliver cycling infrastructure improvements including:

  • Nearly 90kms (55 miles) of upgraded cycle routes in and around the New Forest
  • 6kms (3 miles) of new off-road cycle routes in and around the New Forest
  • 400 additional bikes for hire in the National Park
  • 10 new jobs and at least 22 others safeguarded.

The funding has also enabled us to provide grants of more than £480,000 to 20 local organisations to improve cycling facilities and routes.

The two funds are:

New Forest Family Cycling Experiences

Working with our highway authorities and other partners, we submitted an application and were awarded £1.995m for the New Forest Family Cycling Experiences (NFFCE) programme to:

  • encourage and enable recreational visits to, from and around the New Forest National Park by cycle
  • encourage and enable people living and/or working in and around the New Forest National Park to make day-to-day journeys by cycle
  • demonstrate a strategic approach which is sustainable and supports the future development of the local cycle infrastructure.

Two National Parks Local Sustainable Transport Fund

The NFFCE programme is complemented by the LSTF programme in the New Forest and South Downs National Parks. This is a wider programme of sustainable transport initiatives, including cycling.

After submitting an application, Hampshire County Council, the New Forest and South Downs National Parks, and five partner authorities were awarded £3.8m of LSTF funding from the DfT in 2012, and a further £2.1m in 2015.

The aim of this funding is to reduce the impact of car traffic in the National Parks by encouraging 370,000 visitors to switch to car-free travel at each park by 31 March 2016. This includes:

  • improving key public transport services into the two National Parks
  • making it easy to reach visitor attractions within the two National Parks
  • promoting travel by bus, rail and cycle to and around the National Parks.

Further details and case studies can be found on our sustainable transport page.

The New Forest is also a working forest, with forestry, farming and equestrian activity on its narrow roads and tracks. Ponies, cattle and other animals are free to roam the Forest and most of its roads.

The New Forest Cycling Liaison Group was formed in 2013 of more than 20 organisations to promote safe and responsible cycling and help manage cycling events.

  1. Cycling (you are here)
  2. Local grants
  3. Cycle events
  4. Cycle events charter

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