Boon for cyclists in Spalding

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NEW cycle racks and signage for cyclists in Spalding have been approved by South Holland District Council.

Funding of £8,320 has been allocated out of the Springfields ‘Section 106’ planning money – earmarked for the benefit of the town centre – to pay for the improvements which were requested by Pedals, Spalding’s Cycle Action Group.

Pedals had asked for more cycle parking in the town centre and more signage on the cycle route between the town centre and Springfields Outlet Shopping and Festival Gardens.

Both schemes are now expected to be completed within three months.

The group looked at existing cycle parking spaces and proposed replacement cycle racks and an extra 26 cycle parking spaces in the town.

Coun Howard Johnson, district council portfolio holder for development, said: “This will further encourage both leisure riders and commuters to use bicycles rather than cars, reducing the area’s carbon footprint.”

Pedals chairman David Jones said: “This can only be good for cyclists, as it actually addresses us and our needs, when all too often motorists seem to have priority in funding. It also highlights the relatively low cost of providing measures that help cyclists.”