Leicestershire in £2m Project to Improve Cycling Safety

A £2million scheme to expand and improve Leicestershire’s cycling network is set to start next month. 

Nine miles of new cycling paths are being laid in Coalville to encourage commuters to leave their cars at home and cycle to work. 

It is hoped that the development, which connects a number of existing tracks, will help ease congestion around the town and improve safety for cyclists. 

A £2million scheme to expand and improve Leicestershire’s cycling network is set to start next month. 

Nine miles of new cycling paths are being laid in Coalville to encourage commuters to leave their cars at home and cycle to work. 

It is hoped that the development, which connects a number of existing tracks, will help ease congestion around the town and improve safety for cyclists. 

“At the moment, there is next to no cycling infrastructure in Coalville, so this investment is very much welcomed,” said a Leicestershire resident. 

“It’s important we get more people cycling, not just to cut carbon emissions, but also to encourage more people to get fit. I would like to see more dedicated cycle routes away from the main roads.”

Work will start with improvements at the Birch Tree roundabout, on the A551 near Bardon Hill industrial estate and on the edge of the town on October 1st 2012.

Improvements at these locations are believed to include the dropping of kerbs to make them accessible to cyclists and new cycle paths. 

The large-scale project is funded by the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund as part of its Choose How You Move Smarter Travel for Business project. 

“We hope it will encourage more people to leave their cars at home and use their bikes for work, shopping and leisure,” said County Council Cabinet Member for Environmental and Transport, Lesley Pendleton.

Other initiatives planned for Coalville in the next few years include new cycle hubs, cycle courses for employees and improved traffic signals. 

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