Anniversary ride has PEDALS power

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A cycling group is putting PEDALS power behind celebrating 30 years of making the streets and paths of Spalding safer to ride.

It hopes to encourage more local families to saddle up for two special Sunday rides being held to coincide with National Bike Week next month.

Chairman David Jones says the group has come a long way since first forming.

He said: “When members first got together the local authority and Lincolnshire County Council thought we were a bunch of nuts and just another pressure group.

“But over the years they have come to regard us as having a constructive input on transport issues in the area.”

One of their many achievements include getting the first blue signs allowing cycle access through the Castle Playing Fields in Albion Street.

Another successful campaign was getting a cycle path through Pinchbeck.

More recently they have also seen new signage on the cycle path from Springfields to the centre of Spalding, paid for with Section 106 money, and new cycle stands around the town.

Mr Jones said: “We feel we are getting there for all the right reasons – cycling saves fuel and it’s a healthy way to take exercise.

“Spalding is in South Holland and, like our Dutch namesake where everyone uses bikes, the landscape is perfect for cycling.

“More provision for cyclists is now being made in new builds and we are consulted on some plans so the future is looking good.”

l The anniversary rides – on June 16 and another on June 23 – set off from the St Nicolas Hall, The Vista, Spalding, at 2.30pm. There is a choice of two – a 20-mile ride to Crowland and back and a shorter route. For more details of the routes and services offered by the PEDALS group, call 01775 722050.