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New Year Message

Cycling Campaign for North Bedfordshire (CCNB) would like to wish all Bedford Borough current and potential cyclists a Happy New Year.

Last year, Cycling Campaign for North Bedfordshire's (CCNB's) 25th year of promoting cycling and campaigning for better cycling infrastructure, continued to see an increase in Bedford and Kempston residents cycling. Regular counts at Bedford railway station gave an average 4% higher than for 2016, making it an 80% increase since 2006. The last Active Peoples Survey indicated that more than 30,000 Bedford Borough residents maid in excess of 5,000,000 cycle trips per annum.

What would congestion and pollution be like if there were no cyclists?

Bedford and Kempston has an extensive cycle network to enable people of all ages and abilities to safely get around the town without having to use the busy main roads so there is no excuse for not trying this quick and cheap mode of transport.

2017 saw the completion of the Riverside North development incorporating a new cycle/pedestrian bridge across the river with cycleway improvements along the north side of the river and a raised crossing on the Hastingsbury route in Thirlmere Road in Kempston.

To improve cycle security at a cyclist’s destination the year also saw a number of cycle parking stands installed as part of new developments; Riverside North, Norse Road sports facility, Towers Health and Rackets Club in Clapham Road, Aldi store in Ampthill Road, Lidl store in Ridge Road, Kempston, Coop store in Queens Drive Putnoe and Peacock’s new auction house in Wallis Road. Other stands were installed in Castle Road, Bromham Road and Midland Road, courtesy of Castle Ward Borough Members. Redundant ‘Sheffield’ cycle parking stands from Bedford railway station were also installed at Biddenham village hall and ones from Sandy railway station given to Mark Rutherford School in Wentworth Drive Putnoe.

Further improvements in cycling infrastructure are planned over the next few years - safe crossings of the A6/A421 junction and Bromham Road railway bridge to name just two - as well as improvements to many junctions as part of the Mayor's £18m project to cut traffic congestion.

Let us see ‘more residents cycling, more safely, more often' during 2018 to ensure that Bedford becomes a true ‘Town of Cyclists’ and ‘Cycle Friendly Communities’. Remember, every resident who takes up cycling means one less polluting vehicle causing congestion on Bedford’s roads making it easier for those residents that have to use a motor vehicle.