Taking Cycling Seriously - Local campaigns came together to support Cycling in Winchester

9 November 2017

“Taking Cycling Seriously” –make cycling safer and easier in Winchester

About 100 people with an interest in cycling came together to get their voice heard at a workshop on Thursday 9 November evening at the United Reform Church in Jewry Street, Winchester.

Winchester is a compact city, making cycling ideal for shorter journeys. Cycling provides independence, does not cause air pollution or create greenhouse gases, helps to reduce traffic congestion and is good for your health. The workshop organisers want cycling to be actively encouraged in Winchester.

We were told about how cycling was not taken seriosly until today. Over the last 2 decades, lots of effort was put into a cycling strategy by enthusiastic cyclists but the council has disengaged with it in 2016.

People were grouped around tables (although we run out of tables as more people attended than expected) to enable smaller group discussions about What and How to change cycling provision in the city. Each group contributed with their main thoughts afterwards. Finally, a few stood up pledging further support to the newly formed cycle group.

Right now we can influence the City of Winchester Movement Strategy during its consultation until 8/12/17.

Soon the cycle group will have its onwn Facebokk and Twitter pages and might also be available on Instagram.

The workshop was supported by Bespoke Biking, the City of Winchester Trust, Friends of the Earth Winchester, Winchester CTC (part of Cycling UK) and Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC)