With improvements to cycleways across the county and investments of over £4m in the last year, the Council continues to make cycling easier and safer for everyone. Most towns have seen improvements to their cycleways with many now linking into the national cycle network. Cycle training through Bikeability is also helping keep young people safer on their bikes and has delivered training to over 68,000 pupils across the county since it started in 2006.
Cllr Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economy, Environment and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said, “We are committed to developing our cycling network in Tamworth and are keen to show people how cycling can easily be part of everyday life. We want to see more people on their bikes and that is why we are investing in our cycleways, and cycle training.
“There are lots of great things about cycling, not to mention keeping fit and healthy, getting fresh air and saving money by not using the car. And, it’s not just for leisure – we would also like to see more people using the bike to get to and from work. With the Easter holidays and brighter evenings just around the corner too, it’s a great time to get out on your bike.”
Phase 1 of the Linkages Project in Tamworth has been completed with a new shared use walk/cycle route between Tamworth Town Centre and Ventura Park. Over 1,500 pupils have received scooter and balance bike training, 160 adults have taken part in a cycling and walking programmes and the County’s Bike Bus has made around 50 visits to local businesses and communities to support cyclists and encourage new riders.
Staffordshire County Council produce an individual cycling map for every district, which show both traffic free and quieter routes suitable for cycling on the road. Local cycling maps for all districts are available from local libraries and you can find out more by visiting www.staffordshire.gov.uk/transport and clicking ‘cycling and walking’.