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Boost for cyclists as new routes to be opened up

May 28, 2020 4:30 PM
Originally published by Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats

Cllr Hilde Hendrickx and Cllr Jake Sampson cyclingA scheme proposed by Liberal Democrat Ward Councillors to open up new routes for bicycles is set to deliver a boost for local cyclists in Newnham Ward in Bedford. The plans, which have been proposed by Newnham Ward Councillors Councillor Hilde Hendrickx and Councillor Jake Sampson using their ward fund, would see the removal of restrictions for bicycles on a series of one-way streets off Castle Road.

The Council has now published the proposed traffic regulation order to implement the scheme, which exempts cycles from one-way and no-entry restrictions on Denmark Street, Dudley Street, George Street, Shaftesbury Avenue and Greenshields Road, all off Castle Road.

The Councillors put forward the plans in order to support bike users to cycle locally rather than drive. The proposals complement Bedford Borough Council's comprehensive ongoing efforts to promote sustainable forms of transport, cutting congestion and protecting the local and wider environment through improved air quality and reduced emissions.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Councillors for Newnham Ward, Councillor Hilde Hendrickx and Councillor Jake Sampson said "These proposals represent a major boost for local cyclists, opening up new routes and making cycling an even more attractive and convenient option for local residents. The common sense changes will give people more reason to get out of their cars and onto their bikes, which is good for their health and good for our local and wider environment."

Details of the plans to exempt cycles from the existing one-way and prohibition of entry restrictions in the affected streets are available on the Council's website at www.bedford.gov.uk/tro, with notices also on display in the area. Consultation on the plans is open until 12th June 2020.