A gentle cycle ride with representatives of National, Town and Borough government took place on Saturday afternoon. Several people walking around town at the time stopped and waved as the group of nine rode past, but it was a ride with a purpose.
(A video of the ride is embedded below)
The group, led by local cycle trainer John Buckley, stopped at various places around town to have constructive discussions about ways of improving the areas for people on bicycles or on foot.
IDEAS FOR IMPROVEMENTS
Some ideas discussed on the trip were: adding a few cycle hoops at many locations throughout town especially at the doctor’s surgery, making the crossing of Winchester Road near Tufton safer, creating a cycle-to-school route along The Green and Town Mill Lane, make drain covers safe for bicycle wheels, and improving the sight-lines along Alliston Way in front of the children’s playground.
JOY OF CYCLING REDISCOVERED
Several of the Councillors had not ridden their bicycle for many years – one of whom said that they may now return to cycling after a break of 37 years!
Whitchurch town mayor, Cllr Barry Jackman chose to ride his Raleigh bicycle that he purchased long ago. On a Dutch style bicycle was Cllr Claire Isbester, and riding his off-road mountain bicycle was B&DBC Cllr Eric Dunlop.
Our MP, The Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt rode his Brompton bicycle to get around town, as did two others in the group. Ohh-and-ahhs were heard when people saw it for the first time being folded and unfolded.
On a related note, people across the nation are being encouraged as part of the ‘Summer of Cycling’ campaign to share the fun of cycling with someone who may be a ‘saddle-shy’ friend, neighbour, colleague or family member. The hope is to double cycling. Who is your ‘+1’?
Elected representatives on the cycle trip were: Whitchurch Town Councillors Barry Jackman, Jackie Day, Claire Isbester, and Dave Titcomb; Basingstoke & Deane Borough Councillor Eric Dunlop; The Right Honourable Sir George Young Bt MP. Apologies were received from Hampshire County Councillor Tom Thacker.
A video of the bicycle journey is on YouTube HERE.