Andrew Jones MP

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP welcomes Le Tour legacy plans

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Welcome to Yorkshire have announced sweeping plans to ensure the Tour de France has a lasting legacy in Yorkshire and the plans have received a thumbs up from local .

Mr Jones is Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Grand Depart in Yorkshire and was part of a team of Yorkshire MPs who secured an extra £10million towards Yorkshire’s hosting of the internationally acclaimed .

Mr Jones commented: Welcome to Yorkshire have worked with local authorities to seize the opportunity, build on the momentum and make sure that Le Grand Depart is not only a weekend-wonder. Following the London Olympics we saw huge investment in sport including . We need to see that kind of legacy replicated in and Knaresborough and the rest of Yorkshire too.

The measures – dubbed ‘Cycle Yorkshire’ – include increasing the number of journeys taken by bike for both leisure and work, more competitive in the region and introducing a regional cycle hire network.

Mr Jones continued: My team have already had discussions locally about the legacy. I want to see properly signed cycle routes, a downloadable cycle map, cycling education in schools and better promotion of the ‘Bike and Go’ scheme at Station. These are all things I know that and North Yorkshire County Council have in the pipeline and I am keen to see these aspirations become reality.

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