Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Project to encourage more cycling in West Somerset

A CYCLE project officer has been appointed to encourage West Somerset residents to do more cycling.
The officer, Rachel Kelly, has been funded by the West Somerset Strategic Partnership (WSSP) with the aim of helping to develop new cycle routes between Minehead and Williton.
Rachel said: “Pedal power will not only give people a healthy transport alternative, it will also help to cut the district’s carbon emissions caused by cars.
“I will be investigating sources of funding, and liaising between local authorities and interested individuals and groups.
“I am already talking to landowners about rights of access, and will be consulting local businesses who may wish to capitalise on the growth of cycle routes to maximise the economic benefits.
“The partnership is hoping it will increase cycle tourism and provide local people with a healthy travel alternative.”
Rachel will be based in West Somerset Council’s Minehead offices and will work closely with Forum 21, the local sustainability organisation which proposed the Cycle West Somerset project.
WSSP chairman Loretta Whetlor said: “We are delighted to have been able to fund this post.
“It will impact positively on many areas that affect us all, from the health and well-being of individuals through to the economic boost to businesses that an increase in cycle tourism will bring.”
Rachel will be giving a presentation at a public meeting being hosted by Forum 21 in Watchet Methodist Hall, at 7.30 pm on November 26, which focuses on local transport issues.
Entry is free and open to everybody.
Anybody who is not able to attend the event but has an interest in the development of cycle routes, can contact Rachel on 07825 016 846 or email
  • Our photograph shows (left to right) WSSP manager Simon Hankinson, WSSP chairmain Loretta Whetlor, and Cycle West Somerset project officer Rachel Kelly. Photo submitted.

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