The VISIT Project is a partnership project between Sefton and West Lancashire Councils with support from Community Voluntary Services and CTC. The project will encourage cycling to tourist attractions and leisure cycling.

The VISIT (Visitors In Sustainable Integrated Transport) project area contains many attractions including the resort of Southport [2], the Anthony [3]Gormley [3] Statues (Iron Men - 'Another Place'), Marshside RSPB Reserve [4], Martin Mere [5], Rufford Old Hall [6], the Trans Pennine Trail [7]and Formby National Trust reserve. [8]

The project team are working on a number of initiatives to encourage cycling to boost visitor numbers the area's attractions.

Cycle routes and maps linking various destinations are being produced along with information on how to connect with other other means of sustainable transport. A dedicated interactive website is also being developed for visitors to plan journeys, see the areas tourism attractions and map journey times and distances.

Events and led rides

A series of events and led rides to help launch the project are also in the planning, beginning with three rides [9] starting out at the National Trust reserve at Formby. The route will incorporate the trails from the National Trust through the coastal reserve then onto quiet roads into Formby village and back to the starting point.

The led rides will take about an hour and a half, with stops to catch up and learn some fascinating facts en-route. The rides will be supported by National Trust rangers and be led by CTC local cycling development officer Ross Adams.

Thursday 2 August register at 10:00 am for a 10:30 am start.
Thursday 13 September, register at 5:30 pm for a 6:00 pm start.
Saturday 27 October, register at 10:00 am for a 10:30 am start.

Grant scheme

As well as a  team to offer advice and support, there is a local improvement grant scheme available. The grants aim to help support local leisure and tourism businesses and community organisations become cycle friendly. 

The grant can be used to install cycle parking, improve access, run events or to encourage cycling within or to attractions.

The grants are available for up to 50% of the total costs or a maximum of £3000 (whichever is the smaller amount).

If you are a local leisure or tourism business, or a community group and would like to be part of the project, please contact Ross Adams directly or complete the online form [10].