Fund hopes for cycle network
Action group wants more routes in town
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.
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