Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, and Chris Leslie MP, for Nottingham East, took to pedal power to raise awareness about cycle safety in the area on Friday (1 March).
Mr Tipping and Mr Leslie met at Colwick Park and Ride where they were supplied with helmets and a bicycle each from one of Nottingham City Council’s cycle hub points. They then set off for a ride around the park where they discussed increasing the awareness of cycling both for bike users and motorists as well as the use of cycle lanes locally.
Paddy Tipping said: “Cycling is a clean, green and healthy way to get around but it is important that people can do this safely. I’m aware that the City Council has a number of projects designed to help people to cycle in safety, but it is still an issue and all the partners need to work together to see what more can be done.”
Chris Leslie MP said: “With a growing number of local residents choosing to cycle around the city, we need the council and police to ensure that the rules of the road are properly enforced. Cycling is great for the environment and fantastic exercise, but there are still too many casualties and accidents. We want Nottingham to be a leading city for sustainable transport – but safety must also be at the forefront too.”
Councillor Jane Urquhart, portfolio holder for Planning and Transportation at Nottingham City Council said: “We were delighted to provide Paddy and Chris with helmets and bicycles from one of our cycle hub points for their ride. We are committed to Nottingham being a cycle-friendly city which is why we have a Cycling Action Plan for Nottingham. We are about to invest in a range of cycle infrastructure projects including improving road junctions and we have a bid for funding from the Government to improve road junctions on Mansfield Road and the Dunkirk area. We hope this will help make Nottingham a safer and more cycle-friendly city”
Posted on Tuesday 5th March 2013