News: Get On Your Bike This Summer In The Park
Friday, 11th June 2004
CELEBRATIONS of this week's National Bike Week will get off to a flying start when County Councillor Nora Ward will open a new cycle route across Ashton Park in Preston.
Councillor Ward, Lancashire County Council chairman, will then ride along the new path.
"Parks are a great place for families to ride with children. From the park you can continue into the city centre via Egerton Road avoiding the worst of the traffic.
"Cycling is a healthy and environmentally friendly way of getting about. To encourage more people to cycle we need more routes like this."
County Councillor Jean Yates, Lancashire County Council's Cabinet member for Highways and Transportation, said:
"As well as this route, we plan to open a new cycle path along the River Ribble south of Fishwick later this year, and improve the canal towpath.
"Where we have provided good cycle facilities they have been well used. The Millennium Bridge in Lancaster has recorded flows of 1,000 cyclists a day."
Alasdair Simpson, cycling officer for the county council, said:
" This week is Bike to Work Week. Last year on the first Monday of Bike to Work Week cycle flows coming into Preston over the Old Tramroad Bridge were 25 per cent higher than normal."
Mark Billington, of Preston City Council, said:
"Ashton Park is one of our most popular parks. Families flock to the park to enjoy the fresh air. As well as the new cycle path there are football pitches, basketball and tennis courts and play areas.
"The park was originally the private estate of the Pedder family, but later belong to Edmond Harris, who provided the money for the Harris Museum."
Picture opportunity: Councillor Nora Ward will open the path at 10pm on Tuesday 15 June.
For further information please contact: Neil Graham on 01772 531095