Bike bus plan for Afan Forest Park

21 April 2012

A NEW Bike Bus Service could be set up for Afan Forest Park, the world class mountain bike destination which is also a popular area for recreational cycling.

A new Bike Bus Service could be on its way to Afan Forest Park.

To add to the facilities on offer, new green travel options are being identified for visitors and residents, including looking into the potential for a new Bike Bus Service.

The proposed service could take residents and visitors with bikes between Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot, Margam Park, Afan Forest Park, Neath and Swansea. Buses would operate on weekends and bank holidays from Easter to September, and every day during the school summer holidays.

To establish if there is demand for the service, residents and visitors are being encouraged to complete a short online questionnaire about whether they would use the Bike Bus. Tourism businesses are also welcome to complete the questionnaire, to say if they think their customers would use the service.

Russell Ward, the council’s head of partnerships and community development, said: “If demand is shown for the service, we can start to look at how it can be set up.

“Both residents and visitors can benefit from greater accessibility to Afan Forest Park, and we should be encouraging more environmentally friendly transport options wherever they are available.

“This type of additional new service would help to complement this world renowned mountain biking and outdoor activity destination.”

The research is being carried out by Tourism Teams from Neath Port Talbot and Swansea councils, along with Baytrans, the sustainable transport partnership that promotes green travel in Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.

To take part in the online questionnaire, visit the Have your say section of the Neath Port Talbot Council website; www.npt.gov.uk. You can also complete the questionnaire at Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre and Glyncorrwg Ponds Mountain Bike Centre.

Alternatively you can request a postal survey by phoning 01639 686072 or by emailing tourism@npt.gov.uk.

 

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