ATTEMPTS to double the number of cyclists on the streets are a step closer.
Working with local charity Groundwork, Cycle Chester took to the streets and ran public focus groups to find out what obstacles prevent residents from getting into the saddle.
Seventy residents from across the city, ranging from 13 to 77 years old, shared their views with the team.
Many expressed an interest in taking up biking for its weight loss, economic and family-orientated benefits but expressed concerns about their inexperience, other vehicles on the road and being able to get access to a bike.
Their responses will help shape Cycle Chester’s future programme, as they seek to alleviate these concerns through a range of methods including adult training sessions, bike loan schemes and open-day events.
Executive Member for community and environment, Cllr Lynn Riley, said: “Groundwork’s findings helps Cycle Chester to target the specific concerns raised by people who otherwise would be very keen to take up cycling. We really want cycling to become a genuine option for most people in the city.”
The full report is now available at www.cyclechester.com. For more information on Cycle Chester email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01244 973948.