Free cycling and walking maps encourage fitness

CYCLING and walking routes to Elsecar Heritage Centre, plus links to the Trans Pennine Trail are featured in a new pocket-sized map to be delivered free to households in Elsecar, Jump and Hoyland.

The Hoyland Local Cycling and Walking Map aims to increase fitness and lift wellbeing among young people and adults in the local area.

It follows previous cycling and walking maps for Athersley and Dearne, published earlier this summer.

The Hoyland map is being launched during European Mobility Week, which aims to encourage towns and cities across the European Union to promote public transport, walking and cycling.

It shows signed and advisory cycle routes, traffic-free routes, footpaths and cycle lanes, together with Safer Routes to schools including Kirk Balk Advanced Learning Centre. Links to Elsecar Heritage Centre, RSPB Old Moor and Manvers business park are also shown.

The fold-out colour map has walking and cycle times across Hoyland, Elsecar and Jump, measured in half-kilometre bands. Local shops, health services, employment and training opportunities are also identified.

Cyclists can read about Bikeability Barnsley, a national-standard cycling proficiency scheme which enables children and adults to gain the skills and knowledge needed to ride safely and well on today’s roads.

The map is funded by the EU through the Building Healthy Communities initiative of the URBACT programme. Produced by Cycle City Guides, it is based on maps used by the Department for Transport-sponsored Travel Smart scheme.

Coun Jenny Platts, Cabinet spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said the aim was to encourage residents of all ages to lead healthier lifestyles.

“The maps are proving to be a useful reminder of how easy it can be to walk or cycle in our local communities and they provide useful information on training and road safety.

“They also provide links to a number of local walking groups, all of which will encourage residents to lead healthier lifestyles”.