Drive to get more people cycling in Suffolk

Suffolk’s first cycling strategy has been launched in Halesworth

Suffolk’s first cycling strategy has been launched in Halesworth - Credit: Nick Butcher

Suffolk’s first cycling strategy, launched in Halesworth this week, sets a vision for cycling in the county to increase the number of adults who cycle regularly every week from the current 13pc.

Pupils at the Edgar Sewter Primary School proudly promoted their new town cycle map when they hosted the launch with support from local cycling groups on Wednesday.

The strategy highlights the many health benefits associated with cycling, and sets out a commitment to create a safe environment for people to enjoy cycling.

Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads, transport and planning, and Suffolk’s Cycling Champion, said: “Today’s launch is important for Suffolk. Our vision involves a future in which cycling takes centre stage as a viable and even preferable alternative to driving.

“We have increasing pressure on our road network and want to encourage people to take to their bikes and enjoy the many benefits that this form of transport has to offer.

“When the culture of cycling is fully integrated into our communities, people will have every opportunity to make this a healthier, less congested and safer county in the years to come.”

Alan Murray, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for health and adult care, said: “I am so pleased so see a new emphasis on getting Suffolk cycling, not only from an environmental but also health perspective. We’re not asking people to make a complete change from car to bicycle, but rather to consider the possibility of cycling shorter distances.”