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26th Sep, 2021

Labour chiefs to promote benefits of 'active travel'

Rob George 30th Apr, 2021

LABOUR chiefs will take to the streets tomorrow (Saturday) to highlight Active Travel Day to highlight the importance of cycling and walking for the health of the population and the planet.

Social distancing will be preserved as cyclists and walkers meet at Evesham Railway Station at 11am to set off in groups on cycling and walking routes around the area.

On their return they will visit some of the Evesham cafes which offer outdoor seating for well-earned refreshment.

Everyone is invited to join in but should notify the organisers by e-mail on evesham.labour21@gmail.com that they are attending, so that Covid secure arrangements can be made.

Organiser Helen Russell, Labour candidate for Evesham North West and a multi-sport champion, said: “One of our key priorities in the County Council election campaign is to develop more cycling and walking infrastructure in Evesham Vale.

“This is a practical way of highlighting active travel by example. We are especially grateful to two Bikeability instructors who will lead a cycling group on a short route and support those who are less used to bicycling to take it up or return to it. Pam and Hayley, of ‘2 Ladies Go Cycling’, who were among Cycling UK’s 100 top women in cycling of 2020, will advise us on where routes need improvement.’

Mary Campbell, who is contesting the Littletons for Labour, said, ‘Our manifesto for Worcestershire stresses the need to ensure landowners keep footpaths open and in good repair. Our walking groups will be testing the accessibility and condition of footpaths around the town and along the riverside.’

Richard Hales, who is standing in Broadway, added, ‘We are also committed to making greater use of cycling a reality, to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution locally. We will be evaluating the different cycle routes and the potential to improve their condition and safety to encourage their greater use.’

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