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North East Lincolnshire Council: FitRoutes

  • Location: Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham

  • Purpose: A volunteer local group and the council decided to create FitRoutes in the local area to maintain the enthusiasm seen for walking, cycling, and running in the 2020 lockdowns by creating accessible paths and trails.

  • Description: Local events organiser, Tape2Tape, North East Lincolnshire Council and ENGIE, the council’s regeneration partner, formed a partnership to create 21 new active travel walking, cycling and running paths. The FitRoutes consist of 400 miles of free-to-use urban, rural and trails, many of which are wheelchair and buggy accessible. All the routes have transport options in close proximity. And to ensure as many residents as possible can enjoy the paths, there is a RingGo app that gives directions or the option to download a traditional map of the FitRoute website.

  • Funding: £40,000 with ENGIE co-sponsoring the initiative

  • Conservative councillor / council lead: Deputy Partnership Director at ENGIE, Phillip McConnell, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, Cllr Stewart Swinburn and FitRoutes founders, Nicola and Neil Pattison

  • Further links: FitRoutes website, North East Lincolnshire Council web page and FitRoutes website.

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