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NSCR Final Conference
The projectís final public event was held in Newcastle upon Tyne in England in early November. A conference, looking at tourism, economic development and European funding, was held on Thursday 9 November.
This was followed on the Friday by a set of technical workshops on providing information to cycle tourists and on the Saturday by site visits to view work in progress. Newcastle City Council hosted the event.
Delegates from all the partner countries attended together with representatives from municipalities, cycling and other organisations in the UK. The conference attracted 85 people and the workshops 65. Stephen Hughes MEP led off in the morning of the conference, looking at the wider European context. Key note speeches were from our leading supporters in the region. John Holmes of One North East (the regional development agency) outlined the wider context of tourism and job creation. Then Joanne Morrisey described how Sustrans had moved from a narrow focus of creating cycle routes to a much wider promotional and business development role in the north east of England and elsewhere in the UK.
The workshops were aimed at a slightly more technical audience and brought together experts in a number of fields. Eli Viten from Rogaland opened on the achievements of the North Sea Cycle Route project and then Runar Bergheim of Avinet spoke on the projectís dramatically renewed web site. From the UK we had sessions on map making, signing and promoting new cycle related business, plus reports on the projectís monitoring programme, led by the University of Central Lancashire.
A lot was spoken about and a lot was learnt over the three days and feedback from those speaking and attending as delegates has all been very positive. If you missed out you can still look at the photographs and read the presentations given - they are at www.tynebikes.org.uk/nscr
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