Preston to get 21 mile cycle route around city

£2.8m link with car and safe cycle parking facilities

An exciting new project looks set to get under way in Preston this year with the construction of an important section in the city’s planned £2.8 million, 21 mile cycle route around the city.

A short but important direct cycle link between Preston railway station and historic AvenhamPark is planned for this year with the rest of the route being in place for the celebration of the historic 2012 Preston Guild, an event dating back hundreds of years. The link will enable people to arrive by train and have immediate cycle access to the route.

The overall aim is to have a circular leisure and commuter route, called the Guild Wheel, linking the north of the city to the city centre at the south. Spokes will be formed by some of the existing National Cycle Network routes in the area and other corridors into the city. It also aims to link many of the city's low income areas, where health is poorest and more cycling could bring real benefits.

Car and safe cycle parking facilities will be provided at intervals around the route, enabling people to park up and then walk or cycle into the city.

An interesting section will go along the River Ribble where the Preston dock was, the Albert Edward Dock being the largest single dock in the country in late Victorian times. It will also pass through Brockholes Wetlands nature reserve where major new visitor facilities are being provided.

The route is planned to be completed in time for Preston’s 2012 Guild celebrations. The guild dates back to 1179 when Henry II granted the town its first royal charter. It is now celebrated every 20 years with carnivals, processions, fireworks and other events. The Guild Wheel is intended to be the 2012 Guild’s legacy to the city.

To be kept informed of the Wheel's progress contact kathatkins@btinternet.com / 01772 72908

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