Sustrans calls for Welsh volunteers

By BikeRadar | Tuesday, February 19, 2008 12.42pm

Bike routes charity Sustrans is calling for more volunteers to help look after the cycling and walking routes in the South Wales Valleys. Would-be volunteers are invited to join the current rangers group for a morning bike ride and training day in Cardiff on St David's Day, Saturday, March 1st. The event has been organised by Sustrans, and staff, and local rangers will be on-hand to chat to anyone interested in volunteering for the charity.

The morning ride will set off from Cardiff Central Railway Station with rangers pedalling along the Taff Trail (National Cycle Network Route 8). Riders will arrive at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay for lunch before the training event in the afternoon. The activity-packed training afternoon will include presentations, workshops and discussion groups so rangers can share experiences and socialise.

Around 2,500 volunteer rangers help to look after sections of the National Cycle Network throughout the UK by litter picking, improving signs, cleaning graffiti and cutting back vegetation. They act as the 'eyes and ears' for the charity, working closely with local authorities to ensure local walking and cycling routes are kept tidy and attractive. Rangers also play an essential role in promoting Sustrans and the National Cycle Network, helping to encourage more people to walk and cycle.

Roanna Larsen, Sustrans volunteer ranger Co-ordinator for Wales, is keen for would-be volunteers to come along to the event: "There are some great cycling and walking routes in the Valleys and our 170 rangers work hard to keep them tidy and attractive to use. We hold an annual training event for rangers in South Wales every year and it gives them the opportunity to come together, share their experiences and socialise.

"We are looking for more rangers in the area so anyone interested in volunteering on a regular basis can come along to the ride or meeting and get a feel for what being a ranger entails."

Booking is essential. Anyone interested in joining the ride or coming along to the meeting should telephone Roanna Larsen at Sustrans Cymru's office on 029 2065 0602 or email rangers-cymru@sustrans.org.uk.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Sustrans volunteer ranger, visit www.sustrans.com.

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