Yesterday, I attended a certificate presentation at The Anglers Rest in Bamford given by Pedal Peak for those, including myself as Peak Rides, who had completed their “Welcome to Cyclists” training programme in October.
The training itself was excellent and taught me a lot about understanding the opportunities and growth in the cycle tourism market in the UK, and as it applied to the Peak District in particular. I think what really stood out for me was the depth of research, which was also very up-to-date.
The training also highlighted the opportunities for funding that is currently available for qualifying service providers aiming to improve their offering to cyclists in the Peak District, and although as an activity provider these grants didn’t really apply to my business, there was much that could be done to help accommodation providers, cafes and such like to make cyclists feel more welcome.
Examples, were grant funding for cycle racks, secure cycle storage facilities, outside fixed air pumps and cycle tool provision, cycle locks, innertube vending machines and bike wash down areas. These, of course, will all make a fantastic difference for cyclists visting the Peak.
For me, both the training and networking opportunities are what really proved helpful, not to mention some free one-to-one training, and free further marketing workshops, which I’ll be looking into.
There are more Peak Pedal for business events in the pipeline, which I’m sure will be well worth attending. Until then.
Finally, I’d like to thank Peak Pedal for allowing me to use these images taken at the event.