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New bike bus for Bike Week 2012

A two-wheeled visit to the Lake District will be even easier during this year’s national Bike Week, thanks to a new travel initiative.

There’s now a dedicated bike and ride bus service running through the central Lakes, with space for up to 12 bikes. The idea is to enable cyclists to see more of the area without having to resort to cars, provide an improved network of electric bikes and reduce the area’s CO2 emissions by 11,000 tonnes a year by 2015.

So if you’re planning to visit the Lakes during Bike Week, look out for the 800 service on weekends and bank holidays from May to September, with an additional daily service from 15 July to 31 August. 

All the major tourist spots will be ticked off, with pick-ups from Windermere station and stops at popular towns such as Ambleside and Keswick on the way to the Whinlatter Visitor Centre. A bike space will cost £1.50 on top of your normal ticket.

The X30 and X33 services have also been adapted to take bikes, the former meaning easy access to Grizedale Forest for mountain bikers.

Samsung Bike Week will run from 16-24 June and is a UK-wide campaign promoting cycling as a healthy lifestyle choice, as well as a greener form of transport. If you're looking for some new routes to ride during Bike Week, head over to BikeRadar Training and explore the route map for some inspiration.

Find mountain biking holidays in the Lake District with MuchBetterAdventures.

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