CTC is to help hostels, pubs and B&Bs attract cyclists who are looking for places to stay.

Cyclists welcome where they see the ‘CTC Approved’ sign

The CTC Approved scheme will accredit outlets providing facilities ideal

for cyclists and their bikes. The scheme has the backing of Sustrans and

could also involve the YHA.

Cyclists seeing the CTC Approved window sticker will know that venues

offer secure bike storage, a drying room, hot drinks and puncture repair

tools. The initiative will establish a recognised UK-wide quality

assurance mark and give all cyclists access to the CTC Approved listing, said CTC.

Pilot schemes have already run in Scotland and Devon. Venues satisfying

accreditation requirements will be listed on CTC’s website. They will

also receive a certificate of accreditation, the sticker and promotional

advice. Sale items will be an optional extra.

Youth hostels able to satisfy the accreditation criteria will be invited

to sign up and Sustrans’ 1,300 Volunteer Community Rangers will be asked

to recommend businesses on National Cycle Network routes. CTC is to mail

more than 3,000 businesses, some of which are already listed in Cyclists

Welcome, CTC’s services guide for cyclists. Independent youth hostels

will also be invited to join the scheme.

Matt Mallinder, CTC’s Senior Commercial Officer said: "CTC Approved will

establish one recognised standard for cyclists. It will be an

opportunity for businesses to attract more custom and give cyclists the

assurance that places they have chosen will satisfy basic requirements.

The criteria are not difficult to meet and for outlets in tourist areas,

particularly those hit by foot and mouth, it will help boost business

back to pre-FMD levels by encouraging more people to cycle on

countryside routes."

CTC is to submit an application for additional support from the

Countryside Agency. If funding is forthcoming, the CTC Approved list

will be free to non-CTC members as well.

Accreditation will cost £15 or £10 for those already listed in Cyclists Welcome.


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