CYCLISTS in Chester had something special to celebrate in this year’s National Bike Week.
The week included an announcement by Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly Chester will be one of 10 additional urban areas in England to become a ‘Cycling Demonstration Town’.
The comprehensive bid, together with matched funding, will provide about £5m for cycling development over the next three years.
Initiatives will include more cycle routes, better access to the city centre, cycle promotion and training.
Simon Brown, of Chester Cycling Campaign, said: “This is a memorable week for cyclists in Chester. We are at the beginning of a step change in attitudes to cycling and provision of facilities.
“This could not come at a better time to help people to travel a lot more easily without using increasingly expensive and scarce fossil fuel by using muscle power instead.”
A number of events were organised by Chester Cycling Campaign and other organisations to encourage Cestrians to take part in cycling activities.