£4.5m scheme to get us all on bikes

Hannah Matthews, Claire Fleming and Keith Smith launched Swindon Cycle Challenge by handing out bananas on the cycle path on Farnsby Street

Hannah Matthews, Claire Fleming and Keith Smith launched Swindon Cycle Challenge by handing out bananas on the cycle path on Farnsby Street

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WORK has begun on a £4.5m scheme to improve some of the cyclepaths across the town.

The money, from Government funding, has been made available for the project which will involve four schemes.

The first will be known as the Western Flyer and will see improvements to the cycleway that runs from Mead Way by the Westmead industrial estate, to the town centre at Sheppard Street.

Work has already begun on improving the lighting under the railway bridge on that stretch of cyclepath and more work is expected in the next couple of months to improve the surface and signage.

As part of this month’s cycle challenge, which aims to get more people who work in the town centre to cycle there, the Swindon Travel Choices group will exhibit the proposals at the Link Centre Library in West Swindon on Saturday, June 16, between 10am and 2pm.

The exhibition will be combined with a cycle roadshow from 10am to 3pm.

Twenty per cent of town centre workers live in West Swindon and it is hoped the investment in the route will encourage more people to use their bikes to get to work.

The estimated journey time from West Swindon to the town centre using The Western Flyer is between 10 and 15 minutes.

Travel awareness officer, Claire Fleming said: “The feedback so far has been positive.

“The funding will be available until 2015 and it is a really good opportunity for us to make improvements to the cycle paths in the town.

“People are saying they don’t know the paths are there so we will have money for better signage. This is all part of our aim to get more people cycling.”

The second scheme which will be on display is an improvement to pedestrian and cycle access for the Regent Circus and Princes Street area.

The work at Regent Circus aim to provide a more direct, quick and attractive route for cyclists and pedestrians travelling from the east into key workplaces such as Nationwide’s Kingsbridge Point and Swindon Borough Council’s Civic Campus.

The scheme complements the work at Whalebridge Round-about and Fleming Way to prioritise sustainable methods of transport in the town.

The free events at West Swindon Library are part of Bike Week and will also offer maintenance and safety checks by a cycle mechanic, bike security marking, and an information stall packed with maps, leaflets and goodies. For information visit www.active swindonchallenge.org.uk.

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3:54pm Thu 7 Jun 12

Even Angrier Monkey says...

spend the money on expanding roads instead
spend the money on expanding roads instead Even Angrier Monkey
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5:06pm Thu 7 Jun 12

Craig-o says...

There needs to be ways of getting through town centre for this that live on one side and work on another. Currently there are none from any side to any other side
There needs to be ways of getting through town centre for this that live on one side and work on another. Currently there are none from any side to any other side Craig-o
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5:49pm Thu 7 Jun 12

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

4.5m.... Really?

I'd like to see a breakdown of how that money is actually spent.
4.5m.... Really? I'd like to see a breakdown of how that money is actually spent. LordAshOfTheBrake
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9:09pm Thu 7 Jun 12

Muck-fe says...

What a waste of money. Would have been far better put towards something for the younger members of Swindon's society like a well equipped youth centre, instead of wasting it on a few middle aged people on a mid-life, let's get fit crisis.
What a waste of money. Would have been far better put towards something for the younger members of Swindon's society like a well equipped youth centre, instead of wasting it on a few middle aged people on a mid-life, let's get fit crisis. Muck-fe
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3:57am Fri 8 Jun 12

http://Www.Swindon.Org.UK says...

Craig-o wrote:
There needs to be ways of getting through town centre for this that live on one side and work on another. Currently there are none from any side to any other side
Totally agree.
In fact SBC do more to discourage cycling through the town by fining anyone not walking besides thier bike even if you are just rolling along with no one near you.

there are NO cycle routes marked.
Look at Cromby street, it's been made into a rat run now after Fleming way has been blocked. The poxy cycle way is strewn with stones/glass and parked cars.
The cycle stands in Regent street have been removed as have most of the railings around town.

This money will disappear into SBC's 'hidden/forgotten' accounts. Doubt it will be spent on any real improvements.

look at Holland/Europe. Cycling is King and relatively safe.
I cycle on pavements or not at all. Luckily I can get to the old Canal route and cycle up Commercial road.
Cycling along Faringdon road is dangerous as many accidents have proven.
[quote][p][bold]Craig-o[/bold] wrote: There needs to be ways of getting through town centre for this that live on one side and work on another. Currently there are none from any side to any other side[/p][/quote]Totally agree. In fact SBC do more to discourage cycling through the town by fining anyone not walking besides thier bike even if you are just rolling along with no one near you. there are NO cycle routes marked. Look at Cromby street, it's been made into a rat run now after Fleming way has been blocked. The poxy cycle way is strewn with stones/glass and parked cars. The cycle stands in Regent street have been removed as have most of the railings around town. This money will disappear into SBC's 'hidden/forgotten' accounts. Doubt it will be spent on any real improvements. look at Holland/Europe. Cycling is King and relatively safe. I cycle on pavements or not at all. Luckily I can get to the old Canal route and cycle up Commercial road. Cycling along Faringdon road is dangerous as many accidents have proven. http://Www.Swindon.Org.UK
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6:39pm Fri 8 Jun 12

MrAngry says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
4.5m.... Really?

I'd like to see a breakdown of how that money is actually spent.
Some of the money has been spent on bananas apparently !!!!
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: 4.5m.... Really? I'd like to see a breakdown of how that money is actually spent.[/p][/quote]Some of the money has been spent on bananas apparently !!!! MrAngry
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8:47am Sat 9 Jun 12

Always Grumpy says...

http://Www.Swindon.O
rg.UK
wrote:
Craig-o wrote:
There needs to be ways of getting through town centre for this that live on one side and work on another. Currently there are none from any side to any other side
Totally agree.
In fact SBC do more to discourage cycling through the town by fining anyone not walking besides thier bike even if you are just rolling along with no one near you.

there are NO cycle routes marked.
Look at Cromby street, it's been made into a rat run now after Fleming way has been blocked. The poxy cycle way is strewn with stones/glass and parked cars.
The cycle stands in Regent street have been removed as have most of the railings around town.

This money will disappear into SBC's 'hidden/forgotten' accounts. Doubt it will be spent on any real improvements.

look at Holland/Europe. Cycling is King and relatively safe.
I cycle on pavements or not at all. Luckily I can get to the old Canal route and cycle up Commercial road.
Cycling along Faringdon road is dangerous as many accidents have proven.
Far more people should be fined for cycling in pedestrianised areas in the town centre, no less.
Cycle on the pavement I'm walking on and my walking stick will be shoved through your wheel.
Typical selfish comments from a typically ignorant cyclist.
[quote][p][bold]http://Www.Swindon.O rg.UK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Craig-o[/bold] wrote: There needs to be ways of getting through town centre for this that live on one side and work on another. Currently there are none from any side to any other side[/p][/quote]Totally agree. In fact SBC do more to discourage cycling through the town by fining anyone not walking besides thier bike even if you are just rolling along with no one near you. there are NO cycle routes marked. Look at Cromby street, it's been made into a rat run now after Fleming way has been blocked. The poxy cycle way is strewn with stones/glass and parked cars. The cycle stands in Regent street have been removed as have most of the railings around town. This money will disappear into SBC's 'hidden/forgotten' accounts. Doubt it will be spent on any real improvements. look at Holland/Europe. Cycling is King and relatively safe. I cycle on pavements or not at all. Luckily I can get to the old Canal route and cycle up Commercial road. Cycling along Faringdon road is dangerous as many accidents have proven.[/p][/quote]Far more people should be fined for cycling in pedestrianised areas in the town centre, no less. Cycle on the pavement I'm walking on and my walking stick will be shoved through your wheel. Typical selfish comments from a typically ignorant cyclist. Always Grumpy
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