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188,000 for charity cycle scheme

The scheme aims to get more people cycling

A sustainable transport charity has received 188,000 in lottery funding to help a walk and cycle project.

Bike It, Walk It, set up by Sustrans, will get the money to extend its work in the Upper Rhymney Valley and nearby communities over three years.

Robyn Hughes of Sustrans said walking and cycling were easy ways to get fit despite the valleys' hilly terrain.

He said the project gave newcomers the chance to build "fitness and confidence before investing in a bike."

The charity, which has been awarded the money by the Big Lottery Fund, has also been examining a recycling scheme aimed at getting old bikes to those who struggle to afford to buy their own.

Mr Hughes pointed to a successful scheme running in Swansea and said that experts would be brought in to discuss the possibilities of implementing something similar in the valleys.

"Work has been done already," he said, referring to the Valleys Cycle Network project which is turning many of the disused canal towpaths, railways and tramways of south Wales' industrial past into a "world-class" network of cycling and walking routes.

"The aim now is to get people on to the cycle paths."

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