Cyclists 'being neglected'

AN Evesham cyclist wants improved facilities for town riders, who he feels are a neglected group.

Colin Tether wants better facilities, cycle routes and a connection to the National Cycle Network. He believes that not enough is done to promote riding a bicycle in Evesham and that there are “almost no facilities for cycling” in the town.

Mr Tether has written to Shaun Riley, Evesham’s Market Town Partnership manager, to address the situation and to request support in improving it. Mr Tether said: “Within the Vale of Evesham and the town itself there are almost no facilities for cyclists, save the splendid cycle path which runs alongside the A46 to Sedgeberrow.

“Cycling is environmentally sound, it is healthy and it provides independence for the young. It also provides transport for those with little money, and as fuel gets more expensive this will become more important. But at the moment another generation of children is growing up who have no experience of the roads and will never gain the confidence to cycle in later life.”

Mr Tether has called on cyclists to come together and work with Wychavon to improve cycle routes and get Evesham connected to the National Cycle Network.

Evesham Market Town Partnership has provisionally agreed to fund a public meeting in the autumn to allow people to have their say. Mr Riley said: “The aim of the meeting will be to identify what projects are deliverable which won’t involve huge amounts of money, but just a little bit of coordination.

“We would support the formation of a working group, but we cannot lobby for funds. We must use what resources we have.”

Anyone with ideas on how to improve facilities for cyclists can e-mail colin.tether1@btinternet.com.

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