Cumbrians will be spared from having to travel by car in the future as part of a new plan to keep cars out of their communities.
Key points:The plan was approved by the Government on Thursday nightThe plan will not include a new “citizen-friendly” bike networkThe Cumbrian Government has been given until April 20 to build a new cycle networkThe move was welcomed by local cycling groups but critics were not convinced.
“I don’t know why they haven’t built a network.
We’ve seen how many people use the city to get to work and to get around,” said Richard Brown, a retired police officer who lives in the area.”
There’s no reason why people shouldn’t be able to use the cycle path as they normally would.”
It’s a bit of a chicken and egg situation.
There are cyclists who use the path regularly, and they need a way to get through the city.
“But we’ve seen the cycling numbers go down, so that’s a problem.”
Cumbrians, cyclists and the wider cycling community have been waiting for a plan to get them on the roads.
Last week, the Government’s Cycling Strategy released a 10-year plan that said it would see the construction of a network of cycle routes and paths to encourage cycling.
It includes the creation of a Citizen-Friendly Cycling Network which would allow cyclists to use public transport as a matter of course.
Cumbria had already made plans to build an infrastructure for cyclists, but was not given the funds to implement the plan as planned.
The plan has also been criticised by cycling groups, who have expressed concern about the lack of a plan for a cycle network.
“This is a major, major achievement in Cumbral history,” said Chris Woodford, the national director of Cycling Victoria.
“What we have here is a complete failure to build the bike network that we have in place now.”
They have missed a major opportunity to build on this momentum.””
We’ve had a plan in place for a while, but it hasn’t really been used in Curdria for 10 years,” Mr Woodford added.”
Cumbrian cyclists are now being put at risk by a lack of infrastructure in the city.
“He said the Government had “a big role to play in this”.”
It seems like they’ve taken the view that cycling is the future of the city, and the future is for cycling.
“Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen.
It’s time to stop this train of thought and get people cycling in the right way.”‘
We need to have a community-led plan’Cycling Victoria has been in discussions with local groups to find a way of funding the cycling network, but so far the Government has said it does not have the funds.
“We’re looking at funding from a local, community-based perspective,” Mr Brown said.
“In terms of a citizen-friendly cycle network, we need to put in place a system where people can cycle, and get on the streets.”
That will help to keep the cycleway network a safe and secure one.””
Cycling is a key component of Cumbric identity, which is a big part of what the people of Curdrian want to see in the community.”‘
This is not the right approach’Mr Brown said it was disappointing that the Government was failing to develop a “cycling network” that was “a community-driven and community-minded project”.”
Coupled with the existing infrastructure, it is not going, in my view, to work,” he said.
Mr Woodford agreed that “it’s not the best approach” for the Government.”
If we have a bike network, it will be in place,” he added.
Mr Brown and Mr Woodfield both pointed to recent events where cyclists have been hit by vehicles, with some cyclists injured.”
People get killed, and it’s a huge shame that people are being hurt,” Mr Taylor said.’
This isn’t the right time’Mr Woodfield said the Cumbran Government needed to be more transparent about its plans.”
The whole point of this is to build something for Cumbres people,” he explained.”
And it’s been an absolute nightmare, the cycling crisis.
“You need to be able, if you want to have something built, to put it in place, to provide for the community’s needs, to have people cycle and to build safe cycleways.”
He also suggested the Government would be better off investing in better cycling infrastructure, like bike lanes.
“Let’s have better cycle lanes.
Let’s put cycleways in places that people can ride, because this is the right thing to do,” Mr Wilson said.
“I think we’re not doing enough for Curdrians.”