Bid to encourage cycling

Discussions to be held on how to develop cycling in Honiton.

Pedal power was kicked into gear at Allhallows Playing Field in a bid to encourage more people to get involved in developing cycling in Honiton.

Residents in the town are invited to attend an informal meeting on Wednesday, September 12, which has been put together by one of East Devon’s most prominent Green Party members, Honiton town councillor Sharon Pavey.

She said: “It is an informal meeting to discuss how we can develop cycling in Honiton.

“It is about what other people want to do and getting groups of people who want to talk about cycling. This might be improving cycle paths, safety aspects, getting more bike racks, promoting cycling to schools or encouraging commuting to work on bikes.”

Cycling is becoming much more popular throughout the country and has been given a greater presence in the sporting world with the success of British cyclists Bradley Wiggins, Laura Trott, Victoria Pendelton and Sir Chris Hoy at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“It is getting more popular, bike sales have rocketed even more so since the Olympics,” adds Sharon.

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“It is good for exercise and it is a social activity you can do with friends or family and there is so many different types of cycling and things you can do.”

The town’s neighbourhood beat manager, PC Gemma Siszcuk, and Police Community Support Officer Darren England also stopped by on their police bicycles along with the mayor, Councillor David Foster.

All are welcome to attend the meeting at 7.30pm in the town council offices in New Street.

Those who are unable to attend are invited to email any ideas or suggestions to Sharon by emailing or sending letters to the town council.

l Devon County Council and TravelWise have introduced ‘Give cyclists space’ stickers, which are aimed at promoting safer interaction between car users and cyclists. These are available at the town council offices and Honiton Tourist Information Centre.