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Mountain bikes to protect Dorset heathland

Posted 9 February 2011
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Mountain bikes to protect Dorset heathland
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Mountain bikes will be used by the Dorset Fire and Rescue service as the year gets warmer in a bid to speed up its response to healthland fires.

It has added two new cycles to its fleet in order to deal with the frequent incidents that commonly occur across the heaths around the fringes of Bournemouth and Poole during dry summer weather, which are often started deliberately.

This will take the number of mountain bikes to six and Community Safety Task Team watch manager Julian Lockwood said: "We are really pleased to have these new pieces of equipment. The bikes will allow us to get out and reach more areas that we have not been able to before."

People heading to the heaths in their cycle gear may be among the greatest beneficiaries, as they may enjoy a reduced fire risk and less chance of seeing the landscape blighted by acts of arson.

Those wanting to cycle in Dorset can enjoy a 30-mile section of National Cycle Network Route 2 between Dorchester and the Devon border near Lyme Regis.