Mass cycle ride organised in Falmouth as part of campaign demanding safer streets

By Max Goodman

27th Aug 2023 | Local News

A community cycle ride in Falmouth. (Image: Supplied)
A community cycle ride in Falmouth. (Image: Supplied)

A Mass Cycle Ride will be held in Falmouth next month as part of a campaign demanding 'child and people-friendly streets'.

The 'Falmouth, Penryn and surrounding area Walking and Cycling Campaign' organisers are inviting everyone with a bike to join them on September 23, at Kimberley Park Lodge.

The campaign has affiliated with Kidical Mass, a worldwide campaigning group, to hold this mass bike ride event during a national weekend of action.

The team behind it has said they are disappointed that proposals to build segregated cycle paths along Dracaena Avenue and Bicklandwater Road have not progressed.

While also adding that since they formed three years ago there has not been a single metre of new cycling infrastructure constructed in either Falmouth or Penryn.

Dean Evans the founder of the Campaign, an advocate for good cycling infrastructure and lead of the 20's Plenty for Cornwall, said:

"We share a vision: a community where everyone who is able to do so, especially children and young people, are able to safely and independently travel by cycle wherever they live."

"A child-friendly town is a town that's good for all people, whatever their ability or age, so we are inviting everyone who has a bike to come along and support us."

"We are inviting Councillor Donnithorpe, Portfolio holder at Cornwall Council, and all five Cornwall Councillors for Falmouth and Penryn to take part. We are asking Cornwall Council to put children and families first, giving children and families what they need; safe streets to move freely and without fear."

"Cornwall Council has made a great improvement to road safety by beginning to roll out a 20mph speed limit on urban and village roads across Cornwall but they need to go further if we are going to encourage more people to leave their cars at home for short journeys and to enable children to cycle to and from school."

The ride on September 23 seeks to highlight the need for safe and protected routes that enable children to walk and cycle in their local neighbourhoods.

Young cyclists from the Wheal Velocity Cycling Club will lead the ride out for a gentle 30/40 minute route through the town centre, returning via Gyllyng Street, back to the Park where families are invited to stay for a community picnic. The Coffee cabin will be open throughout the morning.

Cyclists will meet at the Lodge from 9 am and plan to leave at 10:30. Prior to the ride, there will be free children's bike safety checks through the charity Sustrans. All riders are advised to wear a helmet.

You can find the group's social media page here: Falmouth, Penryn, and Surrounding Area Walking & Cycling Campaign

A poster for the event. (Image: Falmouth and Penryn Walking and Cycling Campaign)


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