Left to right:  Gordon Cooper (Labour candidate for Portswood), Matt Bunday (Labour Candidate for Swaythling), Cllr. Steve Leggett (cabinet lead for Green City), Cllr. Eamonn Keogh, Cllr. John Savage, Cllr. Warwick Payne.
Left to right: Gordon Cooper (Labour candidate for Portswood), Matt Bunday (Labour Candidate for Swaythling), Cllr. Steve Leggett (cabinet lead for Green City), Cllr. Eamonn Keogh, Cllr. John Savage, Cllr. Warwick Payne.

LABOUR COUNCILLORS AND CANDIDATES TEST NEW CYCLE ROUTE

On a recent winter sunny day, six Labour members set out on their bikes from the Civic Centre to ride along Millbrook Road and over to Totton. It’s one of the busiest traffic routes out of the city so not an obvious place to enjoy a cycle ride. But the aim was to try out the marked cycle route which runs parallel to the main drag on wide pavements or uses nearby quiet roads.
The result was a safe and pleasant journey avoiding the queuing cars and culminating in a pub lunch in Eling and a decision to set up a Labour Party regular cycle ride to promote the city’s growing range of cycle ways. Southampton’s Labour-led city council, with its range of clean air initiatives, is keen to extend safe cycle ways wherever possible as well as encourage the greater use of public transport around the city.

Labour’s council candidate for Swaythling Matt Bunday said: “Our ride to Redbridge and then on to Eling was a really fun event and I was surprised to find how much cycling infrastructure already exists in the city.”

Labour’s candidate for Portswood Gordon Cooper agreed and added,” I find cycling quick and easy. Since getting an electric bike I rarely use my car to travel around Southampton now.”

Your Labour council is planning more investment in cycle routes in 2019, as part of caring for the environment and green spaces. You can find out more about cycling in Southampton at:

https://www.southampton.gov.uk/roads-parking/travel/cycling.aspx

https://www.mapmyride.com/gb/southampton-eng/

Southampton’s Cycling Forum is a regular meeting of people wishing to launch initiatives which encourage cycling, and also feedback to the council on any cycling challenges. Please email: Councillor.E.Keogh@southampton.gov.uk

The group’s next route in the Spring will be along the recently created Eastern Cycle Route, riding beside Weston Shore.
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