There have been requests for more cycle lanes to ensure safety for local residents, as Bournemouth was named the second most dangerous place for cyclists in England and outside of London in 2013. Last year’s statistics show there were 689 casualties involving cyclists in Bournemouth.
Angela Pooley, East Dorset Friends of the Earth Coordinator, said:
“What is needed is a network of cross conurbation safe cycle routes suitable for all ages – something that is lacking at the moment”
The £650,000 government funded cycle lane located on Castle Lane West, has sustained a safe route for students from the local schools, since the location was decided by the fact that 25 percent of the town’s children attend the primary and secondary schools nearby.
The improved cycle lane has encouraged children to cycle to school due to the lane being separate from the road and has its own traffic lights.
Sustrans, a charity who encourage better ways to travel, have been working with the council to initiate adult cycle training which will help local residents commute by bike.
Sustrans have developed two cycle networks that run through Bournemouth. Click here to view the map of the National Cycle Network.
Bournemouth Borough Council said: “Cycling solves so many problems of modern living: it keeps you fit; it’s fast and cheap and it is a sustainable mode of transport which is good for the environment”
Pooley spoke about the council, she said: “In this area cycling is definitely increasing, something that is welcome, Bournemouth council in particular appear to be committed to making Bournemouth a safe place to cycle and is encouraging cycling”