After the Olympics gold rush: Cycling tops national average in Stratford district

bikeWarwickshire County Council has welcomed the latest results from Sport England’s Active People survey, which have revealed that the number of regular cyclists in Stratford-on-Avon district is above the national average.

It follows a year of success which not only saw extraordinary Olympic cycling achievements at London 2012, but also Britain’s first Tour de France winner.

The Sport England results show that 4,800 people (5% of the adult population) in Stratford district are cycling at least once a week, beating the national average of 4.5%.

Warwickshire County Council is currently leading a Department for Transport funded project, which is encouraging residents to ditch their car and make healthier forms of transport, like cycling, the norm for short journeys and for accessing public transport.

The County Council has been successful in securing funds from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Travel Fund.

£500,000 has been awarded as part of the Stratford Parkway project and will be spent on improving access and encouraging the use of sustainable travel, like cycling, at Stratford Parkway station and within the town when the station opens in May.

According to the Active People survey, the number of people cycling once a month in Stratford-on-Avon district is even higher, with almost 10% of the adult population (9,400 people) getting on their bikes.

Cllr Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport, said:

“With around 4,800 people cycling once a week in Stratford-on-Avon district, following a year of unprecedented British cycling success, this not only highlights the Olympic legacy here in Warwickshire but also demonstrates that people in Stratford district want to get on their bikes.

“Using the Local Sustainable Travel Fund money we’ve been awarded by the Department for Transport, we will be building on this enthusiasm by ensuring good access by bike to the new Stratford Parkway train station.”

The opening of the new Stratford Parkway station in May will see the introduction of bike hire and the installation of a cyclist-friendly Toucan crossing to help people get to the station.

A range of promotional activities including organised group bike rides from some of Warwickshire’s train stations are also planned.

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