Fund hopes for cy­cle net­work

Ac­tion group wants more routes in town

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­

A CY­CLING lobby group hopes to se­cure fund­ing to con­tinue with plans for a bike net­work, as well as get­ting re­stric­tions to stop peo­ple park­ing in cy­cle lanes.

The Bea­cons­field Cy­cle Path Ac­tion Group (BCP) said it is look­ing at more routes for the town, af­ter a project was com­pleted last year, in Sta­tion Road, to en­cour­age more peo­ple to cy­cle.

Trans­port for Bucks (TfB) said it has ‘as­pi­ra­tions to do more’ but needs more fund­ing be­fore it can carry out any more work.

TfB spokes­woman Laura-Jo Stock said: “We are hav­ing some fea­si­bil­ity work car­ried out on the rest of the as­pi­ra­tional net­work, which will help us to bid for fund­ing.”

Belinda Avery, from BCP, wel­comed the re­view, which is ex­pected to be fin­ished by the end of March.

She said: “We are very keen for the stretch of path be­tween Led­bor­ough Lane and the green to be done.

“It was part of the ‘red route’ we drew up and it links to the schools. The par­ents and chil­dren could use it to go through to Wattleton Road, where there are three schools as well as Dave­nies School. That’s what we are look­ing for next.

“It can be frus­trat­ing as you want to push for­ward, but you have to wait and go at the county’s pace.”

Bucks County Coun­cil is also look­ing at other sources of fund­ing for the ex­tra routes.

Mrs Avery added there had been con­cerns over cars parked in the cy­cle lanes.

“We weren’t de­lighted to see the cars parked in the lanes,” she said.

“We asked for a re­stric­tion as part of the park­ing re­view that is be­ing un­der­taken.”

The coun­cil is look­ing at park­ing re­stric­tions across the town.

Mrs Avery added BCP hopes all fu­ture cy­cling plans can be con­sid­ered in the on­go­ing town plan, which is be­ing worked on by Vi­sion for Bea­cons­field.

“We are wait­ing to hear how cy­cling fits in the town plan,” she said. “We will have to wait and see.”

She added the group is also in­creas­ing the use of cy­cle racks.

“We are pro­mot­ing them to lo­cal busi­nesses,” said Mrs Avery.

What do you think of the cy­cle net­work plans? Email buck­snews@ trin­i­ or tweet @get_bucks.

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