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News: Saddle Up To Cycle To Work

Wednesday, 2nd June 2004
(PR 1375)

Cyclists across Lancashire are being urged to get in the saddle for Bike to Work Week.

Starting 7 June, the county's cyclists could be reducing congestion on the roads, getting fit - and raising money for Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

Alasdair Simpson, Lancashire County Council's cycling officer, said:

"Last year we had people riding to Preston from Bacup and Burnley and someone riding from St Helens to Nelson.

"We hope to encourage people to commute any distance. Each person who leaves their car at home will feel the health benefits - and benefit everyone by reducing environmental pollution.

"It can also be fun and a great help for wildlife as, this year, we are asking cyclists to seek sponsorship for the Lancashire Wildlife Trust."

County Councillor Nora Ward, Lancashire County Council chairman and a keen cyclist, said:

"Cycling is a great way to stay fit and healthy and also to save time.

"Research has shown cycle-commuting can be just as quick as travelling by car in busy areas and it saves the hassle of hunting for a parking space.

"We have opened many new, safe cycle routes in recent years. Lancaster's Millennium Bridge, for instance, has recorded flows of more than 1,000 cyclists per day."

Wildlife Trust sponsorship forms can be obtained by telephoning 01772 324129 or by writing to Lancashire Wildlife Trust, The Barn, Preston PR5 6BY.

For further information please contact: Neil Graham on 01772 531095

neil.graham@css.lancscc.gov.uk


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