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06 August 2002

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LOOPING THE LOOP LINE 
yOUR BIKE...
 
The final TravelWise series is a ride along the Loop Line from Halewood station on September 15th. It promises to be just as popular as the previous TravalWise rides and many of the regular riders, along with some new faces, are expected to attend.

The 2002 TravelWise Series has been a great success with leisurely bike rides proving popular with young and old alike. The rides, which have covered the whole of Merseyside, have taken cyclists through the beautiful countryside of the Wirral to the impressive industrial docklands area through rain or shine.

The Merseyside Cycling Campaign, in conjunction with Healthstart, is organizing the TravelWise ride to promote cycling throughout Merseyside. It demonstrates the benefits of cycling over less environmentally friendly forms of transport.

The TravelWise routes are specially designed for cyclists of all standards and abilities. By participating in the rides, cyclists are able to build up their confidence and skills, which will encourage them to use their bikes as a regular mode of transport. The rides last between 2-3 hours at an easy pace.

On each route there is a designated refreshment break. It is recommended that all riders wear a helmet and an adult must accompany under 14's (we suggest that all children under seven years of age use a child seat or trailer). Families, friends and individuals are welcome on all rides.

For further information about TravelWise rides, pleased contact HEALTHSTART ON:-
0151 707 2566
 
Forestry the Seed of Regionís Growth
 
The Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) as part of the North West Forest Industries Action Group is to fund a strategic study of the woodland and forestry industries of Englandís Northwest. The study will enable us to gain further understanding of the size and value of the sector to the regionís economy and the potential for its future development. 

The NWDA will be working in consultation with a Steering Group with members from both the public and private sectors. The study will assess the importance of the woodland and forestry industries for the region and will go on to identify the potential for future growth. 

Britainís forests are rapidly becoming recognised as an irreplaceable natural resource, and the sector as a whole provides many social, economic and environmental benefits ranging from tourism and employment to wildlife habitats. 

Ray Kessler, Head of Rural Policy, NWDA said:-

ďThis study is of high importance due to the wide-ranging impact the woodland and forestry industries sector has across the region, and the great potential we think forestry has to expand in the region. Our research will aim to take a consultative approach and we will seek to fully incorporate the ideas of those involved in the woodland and forest industries in the Northwest.Ē

The study is due to be completed in December 2002.

For further information and to view previous visit NDWA at:-

 www.nwda.co.uk

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