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New cycleway opens in Weymouth

New cycleway opens in Weymouth

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A NEW cycle and walk way linking Southill and Weymouth has been officially opened.

Dozens of school children from Southill Primary and Wey Valley School attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new cycleway which links the Radipole Bird Reserve cycleway in Weymouth, to the communities of Southill and Radipole.

John Wilson, Chairman of Dorset County Council cut the ribbon together with Davis Harris, county councillor for Westham.

The two-mile path that runs through Westham, Southill, Radipole and Redlands is the final part of a larger cycle and walk-way route and now people can cycle from Portland to Dorchester on a traffic-free route. There are also five new crossings, including a new Toucan crossing on Weymouth Way, close to Chafeys roundabout.

Officially opening the cycle and walking route Cllr Wilson said that Weymouth now had 24 miles of cycling network and was one of the best towns for cycle access in the South West.

He said: “This week is National Bike Week so as county council champion for sustainability, I'm really delighted to be part of this ribbon cutting ceremony.

“This completes a key link in the walking and cycling network.”

The scheme cost £985,000 and funding came from the Weymouth-Dorchester Corridor LSTF project, the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, Department for Transport Cycle Safety Fund and Dorset County Council's Local Transport Fund.

Residents had long campaigned for a crossing and handed in a petition with more than 1,000 signatures on it to the county council.

In 2012, five-year-old Lily-Mae Jeffries from Taunton died after being involved in a collision while crossing Weymouth Way with members of her family.

Cllr Harris said Lily-Mae's parents were organising a memorial stone to their daughter which will be installed later in the year along the Weymouth Way, where her windmill tributes currently stand.

He added that the route had already seen lots of people using it.

He said: “I'm delighted by the amount of use it's having.”

Kevin Humphries from Sustrans said they had put £289,000 into the scheme and invested £1.5 million overall in the Weymouth walking and cycling network.

He said: “It's a fabulous resource and will hopefully get more people walking and cycling into town for everyday trips.”

Head of PE at Wey Valley, Mark Salmon, said he was impressed by the new pathway. He said: “It's a high quality surface, its well sign posted, the maps are brilliant.”

N This Sunday (22) there will be a free bike check event at the new cycle shelter at Westham Bridge in Weymouth. People can get their bikes checked over for free from 10.30am-3pm.

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3:08pm Wed 18 Jun 14

cj07589 says...

Fantastic initiative let's get cycling folks!
Fantastic initiative let's get cycling folks! cj07589
  • Score: 17

4:32pm Wed 18 Jun 14

westbaywonder says...

Yes and no idiots punching girlys in the arm on this one thankyou.
Yes and no idiots punching girlys in the arm on this one thankyou. westbaywonder
  • Score: 4

5:32pm Wed 18 Jun 14

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

Used it last Friday, got a little confused but it works. Just hope other cyclists will, much better than the main road from Morrison's
Used it last Friday, got a little confused but it works. Just hope other cyclists will, much better than the main road from Morrison's TenBobDylanThomasHardy
  • Score: 7

5:43pm Wed 18 Jun 14

JACKC says...

Crossing there brilliant - my only observation is, there should be some barriers at the Spa Road end, as if someone comes down the incline(which is fairly steep) from Spa Road towards Town, and their brakes fail, or they misjudge the slight bend, they will end up straight on a busy road.
Crossing there brilliant - my only observation is, there should be some barriers at the Spa Road end, as if someone comes down the incline(which is fairly steep) from Spa Road towards Town, and their brakes fail, or they misjudge the slight bend, they will end up straight on a busy road. JACKC
  • Score: 6

10:32pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Tandem rider says...

The crossing at the Spa Road end coming away from town is equally tricky and would benefit from barriers. Great to see so many cyclists using the cycle ways around Weymouth but there is a great lack of the use of cycle helmets. You can be at risk of an accident on a cycle path as much as on a road and a helmet could be a life saver. Please cyclists WEAR A HELMET.
The crossing at the Spa Road end coming away from town is equally tricky and would benefit from barriers. Great to see so many cyclists using the cycle ways around Weymouth but there is a great lack of the use of cycle helmets. You can be at risk of an accident on a cycle path as much as on a road and a helmet could be a life saver. Please cyclists WEAR A HELMET. Tandem rider
  • Score: 0

7:08am Thu 19 Jun 14

mmmmmmm says...

Helmets shmelmets.

Sissy hats for sisies only!
Helmets shmelmets. Sissy hats for sisies only! mmmmmmm
  • Score: -4

5:16pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Sigman says...

TenBobDylanThomasHar
dy
wrote:
Used it last Friday, got a little confused but it works. Just hope other cyclists will, much better than the main road from Morrison's
signs would help
[quote][p][bold]TenBobDylanThomasHar dy[/bold] wrote: Used it last Friday, got a little confused but it works. Just hope other cyclists will, much better than the main road from Morrison's[/p][/quote]signs would help Sigman
  • Score: 0

5:18pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Sigman says...

mmmmmmm wrote:
Helmets shmelmets.

Sissy hats for sisies only!
Perhaps you should look at a few cycle accident pictures and you would think differently!
[quote][p][bold]mmmmmmm[/bold] wrote: Helmets shmelmets. Sissy hats for sisies only![/p][/quote]Perhaps you should look at a few cycle accident pictures and you would think differently! Sigman
  • Score: 0

5:27pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

I REALLY hate to use other Animals' names in a pejorative way or as an insult to a fellow chimp, but if I may be pardoned this once: Maybe many people show little enthusiasm for cycle helmets because they are uneasy at the prospect of looking such an utter Prawn !! A decent design of helmet MIGHT encourage more buyers - although that wonderful feeling of the wind in your hair, cool and refreshing, is an integral part of the freedom that cycling's supposed to be all about !!
I REALLY hate to use other Animals' names in a pejorative way or as an insult to a fellow chimp, but if I may be pardoned this once: Maybe many people show little enthusiasm for cycle helmets because they are uneasy at the prospect of looking such an utter Prawn !! A decent design of helmet MIGHT encourage more buyers - although that wonderful feeling of the wind in your hair, cool and refreshing, is an integral part of the freedom that cycling's supposed to be all about !! Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 0

9:44pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Micke12 says...

mmmmmmm wrote:
Helmets shmelmets.

Sissy hats for sisies only!
Have you ever had someone die because they were not wearing a helmet. We have, and it was stated as fact in the coroner's court that if the gentleman concerned had been wearing a cycle helmet, he would most likely of survived that accident that took him from us.

Helmets do save lives, it does not matter if you are travelling at 4 miles per hour or 24 miles an hour. You only have to hit your head on the road or pavement wrongly and you can suffer a broken skull or broken neck, both of which happened back in 1996.

Please, people. I know some of these helmets look sissy and you may feel stupid wearing them, but they can and do, save lives - many lives.

Bit of advice, ignore mmmmmmm's comments as he or she has no common sense or respect for safety. If this numpty wants to go out there and get himself killed by not wearing a helmet, that is his/her choice and he will pay for it if he has an accident on his/her cycle, we shall have no sympathy for him.
[quote][p][bold]mmmmmmm[/bold] wrote: Helmets shmelmets. Sissy hats for sisies only![/p][/quote]Have you ever had someone die because they were not wearing a helmet. We have, and it was stated as fact in the coroner's court that if the gentleman concerned had been wearing a cycle helmet, he would most likely of survived that accident that took him from us. Helmets do save lives, it does not matter if you are travelling at 4 miles per hour or 24 miles an hour. You only have to hit your head on the road or pavement wrongly and you can suffer a broken skull or broken neck, both of which happened back in 1996. Please, people. I know some of these helmets look sissy and you may feel stupid wearing them, but they can and do, save lives - many lives. Bit of advice, ignore mmmmmmm's comments as he or she has no common sense or respect for safety. If this numpty wants to go out there and get himself killed by not wearing a helmet, that is his/her choice and he will pay for it if he has an accident on his/her cycle, we shall have no sympathy for him. Micke12
  • Score: 0

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