Back in March 1999 North Yorkshire County Council adopted a North Yorkshire Cycling Strategy. The overall objectives of the strategy are:
To maximise the role of cycling as a transport mode, in order to reduce the use of private cars for utility and recreational purposes;
To develop a safe, convenient, efficient and attractive transport infrastructure that encourages and facilitates the use for walking, cycling and public transport and which minimises reliance on, and discourages unnecessary use of, private cars;
To ensure that policies to increase cycling and meet the needs of cyclists are fully integrated into the Structure Plan, Local Transport Plan, the Road Safety Plan and all other relevant strategies to encourage the appropriate authorities to do likewise for the District Local Plans.
Part 2 of the strategy states: ‘Cycle studies for each of the major market towns, the two National Parks and other rural areas of the county will be carried out and where appropriate cycle plans developed and implemented. The Sustrans National Cycle Network will form an integral part of these plans’.